‘I was pretty downbeat with the last few months’: Andy Murray admits his recent cramping issues have left him ‘extremely disappointed’ as the Scot prepares to make changes to his training workload ahead of next season
- Andy Murray is well aware of the changes he needs to implement next season
- The 35-year-old has been suffering with cramping issues in recent months
- Murray admitted after defeat at the Paris Masters that his workload has dropped
- Now he is looking to up the ante again in a bid to cut out his cramp woes in 2023
Andy Murray insists he knows the level of work that must be done to eradicate his long-running cramping issues ahead of next season.
Murray’s career has been plagued by injuries since 2017, when a hip problem derailed his rise as world No 1 and left him requiring surgery.
In the five years which have followed he has failed to recapture the same kind of form which crowned him Wimbledon champion in 2016, although in recent months his hip has coped well amid a solid run which has propelled him back into the world’s top 50.
Andy Murray insists he knows the level of work that must be done to solve his cramping issues
Yet while his overall recovery from matches has improved, the 35-year-old Scot has struggled with cramp in matches and practice of late, forcing him to undergo sweat testing in an attempt to resolve the problem.
The fitness issue did not help in a sobering defeat against Gilles Simon at the Paris Masters last month, and afterwards he conceded he has not been putting enough work in off the court to be at peak fitness level.
As he turns his attention to the 2023, season, Murray is well aware of the changes that need to be made in his training camp.
‘I was pretty downbeat with the last few months,’ he told the Evening Standard. ‘The last seven or eight tournaments, I had issues with cramping and I’ve never had that consistently. So, I’m extremely disappointed.
‘I can deal with losing a tennis match as it’s a difficult sport and you sometimes don’t perform as well as you’d like but there’s no excuse for being let down physically.
Murray admitted after his defeat at the Paris Masters that his workload has dropped of late
The 35-year-old admits he needs to increase it again to eradicate his struggles with cramp
‘My reflection on the last four or five months is that I’ve not been doing enough work to perform at the level I need to. I need to change that if I want to get back to the top of the game.’
He then continued: ‘I’m positive about next season and the work I have to do,’ he said. ‘I’ve already started some of that and I need to empty the tank in the next six to eight weeks in the gym and on the practice court.
‘I was 130-140 in the world at the start of the season and I’m now inside the top 50. For most players, that’s a really positive year. For me, I don’t view it that way but I did make progress.
‘There’s no guarantee I would have won those matches without the cramping but I feel there would have been potentially deeper runs.
‘I played quite a lot of tournaments from Wimbledon through to the end of the season. From an endurance perspective, I didn’t cope that well but there’s not been the injuries and niggles, which hasn’t been the case the last few years.’