Andy Murray has eyes on Paris but first a trip to Rome and then either Lyon or Geneva with a familiar face back in the team…

He has not been seen on the match court since the first few days of March, injury on arrival in Miami forced the former world number one out of a return to action but is now set to return but we don’t know where he will be playing…

On Saturday, Andy Murray did head off to Rome, not to play but to practice despite action set to kick off in final Masters 1000 before Roland Garros the Brit won’t be participating.

He will however be practicing at the Foro Italico and has a practice scheduled on Sunday with Diego Schwartzman and Novak Djokovic.

“On Sunday I’ve got a court booked with Schwartzman and then Novak in the afternoon.

“I want to play against the highest-level players possible because I think that will help me improve my game quicker.”

The question then will turn to, where will Murray play?

Murray does want matches before Roland Garros and is hoping to play at the ATP 250 in either Geneva where we will see the return of Roger Federer or a little closer to Paris in Lyon.

The understanding from Roland Garros at this moment in time not to expect a wildcard for Andy Murray into the main draw of the second Grand Slam of the year, they want him to play matches and maybe a trip to Rome will hopefully push the Brit into the draw of one of Geneva or Lyon.

Even without a wildcard into Roland Garros the former finalist in Paris will be in the qualifying draw on his ranking.

Murray who has a lot of experience in his team has also welcomed back a familiar name and voice on a casual basis and that is his former coach from when he was younger and TV commentator Mark Petchey. Mark is one of the best in the business on commentary and I’ll always remember the elation and emotion in his voice when he commentated for Sky Sports on Andy Murray’s first Grand Slam title win in New York and those final seven words…

“History is made at the US Open”

Mark commentates regularly on the ATP and WTA matches and also previously coached Maria Sakkari. Murray spoke about why he has brought Petchey back in:

“Over the last few years my team and I have spent a lot of time together, and there have been a lot of difficult moments because of what’s happened with the injuries and uncertainty.”

“I felt it would be good to have a fresh voice some weeks. Obviously I did a lot of work with Petch when I was younger. I thought he was a very good coach and because of his TV work he is very current with his knowledge.” 

“Having someone extra with all the quarantine situations that can come up makes sense. I know him really well, so we are looking at doing something longer term, but nothing has been agreed at this point.”

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