Andy Murray says he will not attend this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards as he continues his rehabilitation from back surgery.
Business as usual...
Winning Wimbledon, for me, has always been the pinnacle for me to aim at, and thankfully this year I can say it wasn’t just a dream. It was one of the hardest matches of my career and playing someone like Novak, who is one of the best fighters in tennis, made it one of the the most physically demanding three set matches I have ever played.
It’s funny, people keep asking me what I was thinking during the match or at the changeovers, and I honestly can’t answer. I don’t remember much, especially of that last game although I have been told it was pretty tense to watch! I do though remember the atmosphere being incredible throughout, the fans were amazing, and I’m just so glad I was able to get through it so I could finally get my hands on that trophy.
The immediate aftermath of winning Wimbledon was almost as intense as the match itself. I spent a good few hours in media straight after the final and then I rushed straight off to the Champion’s Ball, by the time I had got to bed it was almost light. After a few hours of sleep I was up again for another busy day, which included about 40 interviews, hitting with kids on a rundown court with the guys at adidas, and a visit to Downing Street, followed by celebrations with my team into the early hours.
Once the dust had settled, I finally had the chance to chill out with my family and of course Maggie and Rusty and it was great to just absorb the whole moment. The tennis schedule is very busy throughout the year, but I managed to get away for a few days before heading out to Miami to start my training block for the US hard court stretch.
I love Miami, it’s great to be able to train there, after spending time playing on grass in the summer, it’s important you re-familiarize yourself with the hard court surface before heading into the US Open Series, and Miami have some of the best hard courts in the world. There’s also so much to do when you’re not on court. There are plenty of great restaurants and beaches and obviously it’s the home of the Heat (last season was unbelievable from them!).
So after ten hard working days and a short flight up to Montreal, it brings me up to now, the start of another very busy and important few months. I always make sure I am in the best possible shape before every tournament, and that routine hasn’t changed, I am relaxed and ready, and cant wait to get out on the match court.
The great thing about the US Open Series is that it starts pretty much around the same time as the Premier League football season kicks off, which means this year I’m not just defending the US Open title but my Fantasy Football league title too! You get a bit of spare time during tournaments so I will make sure my team is ready for those all important first few weeks of the campaign!
Anyway back to the court for me now, but thanks for all the support, as always, and fingers crossed for a successful six weeks on the road.