Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is no longer at the peak of his career the way he was?three years and two hip surgeries?ago, but he's still training like he is.
Murray is currently ranked No. 122 and aiming to play the Australian Open, after going 3-4 this season and being forced to cut the year short due to another setback with his hip. But though he's a long way from where he once was, the 33-year-old is taking the same approach.
"I may never get back to being No 1 in the world, but I want to do everything that I did when I was No. 1 in the world to give myself the best chance to see what I can achieve,"?Murray told former WTA player Daniela Hantuchova in an interview with the Roland Garros website. "It was incredibly professional, I worked hard, I ate properly, slept well. That’s kind of what started the latest kind of mentality."
Murray has always been a good grinder, playing on court for hours while winning 46 titles. But he admits that his fitness slipped during the five-month tour hiatus, when he was at home and not playing most of the time. Now he's using that as motivation.
"I think just in the last sort of two to three months I actually got on that machine that measures your body fat, and it wasn’t good," Murray said.
"It wasn’t good in comparison to what I’d done when I was younger. It was something as simple as that, where I was like ‘come on Andy—you just need to get back.’?
"I’d been working fairly hard, but I could have done much better. I could have been eating healthier and sleeping better. I was like ‘come on.’"
Since returning from hip surgery, he?won the?Antwerp?singles title in?2019, defeating Stan Wawrinka in the final.