Andy Murray is set to end his season early to work on his fitness in a bid to be in top shape for the 2019 Australian Open. The 31-year-old made his comeback from hip surgery earlier this year but has played only nine matches to date as he tries to come to terms with so long out of the sport.
The former British number one missed Wimbledon and won just one match at the US Open before withdrawing from Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan in Glasgow.
Murray always intended to play again before the year was out and has now revealed that he will feature in the Shenzhen and Beijing tournaments over the next two weeks but will then shut it down and miss two Masters series events in Shanghai and Paris.
The focus now will be next year and a return to Melbourne Park for the year’s opening Grand Slam.
“I’m looking forward to playing in Shenzhen and Beijing over the next few weeks,” Murray wrote on Facebook. “After that I’ve decided to end my season to give me the preparation time I need to get ready for a strong 2019.
“We are going to focus on some intense reconditioning/training blocks in the next couple of months with a view to being in the best possible shape for Australia in January.”