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Murray targets Australian Open

2017-10-10 23:54:00, Views: 16, ClubCall

Murray targets Australian Open

Andy Murray is on course to return to action in the Australian Open as he battles back from a hip injury.

The British number one has been hampered by the problem throughout the year, none more so than at Wimbledon, where he was clearly in pain before crashing out of the quarter-finals to Sam Querry.

Murray also pulled out of the US Open in August in order to cure the problem once and for all, and according to tournament direct Craig Tiley, Murray will be in Melbourne to kick off 2018.

"I can tell you that in talking to Andy, he has been training and he is preparing for having a great year in 2018," Tiley said.

"How much would this year have hurt him, to watch over the entire year Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal] share four Grand Slam titles - he would not have liked that.

"As competitive as Andy is, we know he's back and he'll want to improve his current ranking of number three in the world and getting back to number one."

In a huge double boost for the tournament, Tiley also believes Serena Williams will be there to defend her title after giving birth to her daughter.

"She wants to come back in 2018 and defend her title," Tiley said. "Obviously, at training now, there is several months to go and it will be up to her as far as where she is with her fitness."



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