After impressing the third Battle of the Brits event in Roehampton the former British number one Andy Murray has announced his kick-off plans for the 2021 season.
At the third Battle of the Brits event last week where wins against specific ranked players meant points it was two out of two for Murray who beat Cam Norrie and Dan Evans in straights sets to finish his time in Roehampton unbeaten.
A Christmas Day announcement has outlined the beginning of Andy Murray’s plans for the first week of 2021 season and maybe a path to Melbourne.
Save the date. January 8th 2021 at 20:00 local time in Delray Beach (01:00 am in UK) will be Andy Murray’s first match of 2021 but we don’t know against yet.
Murray hasn’t said anything else about his schedule but taking part in Delray Beach means one thing, he won’t play Australian Open qualifying in Doha.
Delray Beach will run from the 4th of January until the 13th of January with Australian Open qualifying taking place in Doha a month before the tournament in Doha between the 10th and 13th.
Andy Murray’s current ranking does mean that without a wildcard into the Australian Open he would have to go through qualifying but that is now off the cards with no wildcard announcement for the five time former finalist announced yet.
It could also be a possibility that we do not see Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Will five sets of tennis be too soon for him? He did however go straight to the US Open after Cincinnati last year despite limited time on court.
A trip to Melbourne following Delray Beach does seem like the best idea though, there are two ATP 250 events the week before the Australian Open which offer valuable match time. There is also the ATP Cup but it would mean multiple withdrawals for Great Britain to be involved this year as it is just 12 teams compared to the 24 last year.
Kicking off the season in Delray Beach, a trip to Melbourne for an ATP 250 and Australian Open looks incredibly likely for Andy Murray.
At the moment we don’t know what happens after Melbourne with the ATP Calendar. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Indian Wells which was the first event to be postponed in 2020 on the eve of it’s opening day due to Covid-19 is being postponed again in 2021.