Andy Murray schedule: Where is the former No.1 heading next?
Andy Murray started 2023 with some vintage performances at the Australian Open, where he made the third round for the first time since 2017, and spent over 14 hours on court.
However, he has fallen back outside the top 50 and is looking to gain ranking points so he can give himself better draws for ‘deeper runs’ at majors.
But where is the three-time Grand Slam champion playing next?
Murray had taken a wildcard for the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam, but chose to withdraw due to his exertions in Melbourne, with Tallon Griekspoor taking his spot.
It now appears that the British No.4 will be heading to the Middle East to compete in Doha and Dubai.
Doha is an ATP 250, which Murray won in 2008 and 2009, and is headlined by top seed Andrey Rublev. Rafael Nadal is also entered into the event, but with his recent injury is highly likely to pull out.
The following week the tour heads to Dubai for a stacked ATP 500, where Novak Djokovic is the No.1 seed. Murray won his only title in Dubai back in 2017, beating Fernando Verdasco in the final.
It's a first for Andy Murray.
The British no 1 won the Dubai Championship by beating Fernando Verdasco.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 4, 2017
Despite not being confirmed as of yet, it seems that Murray as a former champion in both events is likely to receive wildcard entries.
Murray will then take to the first ATP Masters 1000 events of the year in Florida, for the sunshine double.
Will Murray play on the clay this year?
The current No.64 decided to skip the clay season last year, as he wanted to do a training block after reuniting with his coach Ivan Lendl.
However, Murray did make an impromptu appearance at the Madrid Masters event where he reached the third round before pulling out of a third round clash with Djokovic, after suffering with illness.
It does seem as though Murray intends to play the clay season this year, including Roland Garros, “After that I’ll be doing some more hard-court tournaments, then hopefully the clay, and then back to the UK for the grass-court season.”
Andy Murray potential schedule
February 20: Qatar Open (ATP 250)
February 27: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (ATP 500)
March 8: Indian Wells (ATP 1000)
March 22: Miami Open (ATP 1000)
April 26: Madrid Open (ATP 1000)
May 10: Rome Masters (ATP 1000)
May 28: Roland Garros (Grand Slam)
July 3: Wimbledon (Grand Slam)
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