Andy Murray to practise with Novak Djokovic in Rome ahead of return from injury

The 33-year-old is now plotting his comeback to the fore during the second Grand Slam of the year and will fly out to Rome on Saturday.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. (Image credit: Twitter/AUSOpen)

Former World No.1 Andy Murray is confident of his return to action in the French Open that begins on May 30, in Paris. The British tennis star was forced to be out action due to a groin injury in March that ruled him out of the Miami Open.

The 33-year-old is now plotting his comeback to the fore during the second Grand Slam of the year and will fly out to Rome on Saturday. He is flying out weeks ahead of the competition so as to get practice time with players who are featuring in the next week’s Italian Open.

He is keen on practising with World No.1 Novak Djokovic ahead of the Grand Slam at the Roland Garros.

“I want to get out there to be around the top players and top tournaments. On Sunday I’ve got a court booked with [Diego] Schwartzman and then Novak in the afternoon. I want to play against the highest-level players possible because I think that will help me improve my game quicker,” Murray said.

It has been extremely frustrating: Murray

The 2017 French Open semifinalist is also hoping to be granted a wildcard entry to participate in a tournament in either Geneva or Lyon from May 17. Whether he qualifies for the French Open with a wildcard for the main draw is still a question as Murray has said that the French Tennis Federation will only reach a decision after they have seen him competing.

“It’s difficult for me to look too far into the future. I need to try and find a way of staying on the match court for longer. It has been extremely frustrating,” he added.

“When I had the operation on the hip I knew it was going to be unbelievably challenging. It just feels there are a couple of things that have happened this year which have been very unfortunate, that have been hard to take. But I didn’t expect it to be easy. I’m trying to do something that has not been done before.”




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