19th of October 2013 Author: Glo Wood
Andy Murray says he will take part in the Australian Open next January only if he is "100% fit" after recent back surgery. The Wimbledon champion began his post-surgery rehabilitation last week after a disc operation last month. Murray will miss the ATP World Tour Finals in London but his aim is to be ready for the first Grand Slam of 2014 in Melbourne in January.
"I hope so, but I'm not going to come back unless I'm 100% fit. I've got a long way to go yet," he said. "I've been in the swimming pool and on the bike a little bit but it's still going to be four or five weeks until I'm back on the tennis court hitting some balls. The rehab process is pretty tedious and long and I don't want to come back too soon and have to start that process all over again. I'll only come back when I'm 100% fit and I hope that's at the beginning of the year."
Murray received an OBE from Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Thursday as recognition of his performances. The British number one pulled out of the French Open in May because of the injury, then recovered just in time to become Britain's first male Wimbledon singles' champion since 1936. But his defence of the US Open disappointingly ended in the quarter-finals. He had one last push to help Great Britain beat Croatia in the Davis Cup before surgery.
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Novak Djokovic - 6/4
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Andy Murray - 11/4
Roger Federer - 11/1
Juan Martin Del Potro - 12/1
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