Andy Murray commits to ‘new experience’ in schedule before Wimbledon 2022
Andy Murray has announced an addition to his 2022 season which is a change from his usual preparations for Wimbledon.
The former world number one has had a predominantly consistent schedule ahead of Wimbledon every year.
Since 2006 and excluding 2018, when Murray played Queen’s and Eastbourne before skipping Wimbledon, the Brit has only ever played one grass event before the Slam, at Queen’s.
Now, that trend is about to shift as the 34-year-old has confirmed he will play the Mercedes Cup Stuttgart in 2022 for the very first time.
“I’m always looking forward to the grass court season, so I’ll start my preparations for it a little earlier than usual next year,” Murray said.
“I will be playing on grass in Stuttgart for the first time and I am really looking forward to this new experience.”
The Brit also retweeted the tournament’s announcement of his participation.
Looking forward to it! 🇩🇪🏆😃👍 https://t.co/SMvvMas9Uj
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) December 6, 2021
The German tournament will get underway on4th June and run until the 12th, slightly coinciding with Roland Garros, which runs from 22nd May to 5th June.
Murray would then play Queen’s, which takes place from 13th to 19th June. Finally, Wimbledon kicks off on 27th June and runs until 10th July.
The last time Murray played three grass court events in a season was in 2006, when he played Queen’s and Nottingham ahead of Wimbledon.
A longstanding ATP event, Stuttgart was played on clay until 2014, switching to grass for the first time in 2015.
Two-time Queen’s champion Marin Cilic is the defending champion from Stuttgart 2021.
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