A Chat with Andy Murray

Returning to the Shenzhen Open this year is three-time Grand Slam champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 2013 Shenzhen Open champion Andy Murray. Since having hip surgery in January, Murray is looking for his first tournament title in nearly 19 months. Britain’s most decorated living athlete sat down with the tournament ahead of his opening match and this is what we learned:


He hopes this year’s Shenzhen Open can do what it did for him in 2014: “It feels like a similar situation in some ways. I’m not quite back where I want to be just yet, but I’m improving each week. Hopefully I can play some good tennis and get on a bit of a run here.”


He’ll be playing in Shenzhen and Beijing, but not in Shanghai: “Playing three weeks in a row is difficult for me. I want to spend a lot of time away from the competition training between now and the end of the year so I can build up my conditioning.”


He draws more inspiration from del Potro than the other Big 4 members. “I don’t feel more pressure because of [the successful comebacks of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic]. I haven’t really looked at those guys’ comebacks and gotten inspiration from it because everyone’s injury is different. Someone like a del Potro is a better example, with big setbacks where he’s missed long periods of times, close to finishing his career and [now] coming back to compete and now has a career high ranking, he’s a good one to look at.”


He really enjoys playing in China. “The conditions at most tournaments are quite slow. The conditions in China tend to be quite a bit faster. Those are conditions I love playing in. It’s a bit easier to win points, get free points, more opportunities to come to net and shorten the points.”


He might be open to playing more doubles. “I’d like to play with Federer once. I’ve played with Djokovic twice, once at the Australian Open and once in Miami before. Doubles doesn’t get lots of publicity, but people are desperate to see Federer and Nadal playing with each other. It was a big deal [at last year’s Laver Cup]. People talked about it for a while and it’s been all over social media with Federer and Djokovic playing with each other [at this year’s Laver Cup].