(Reuters) – Former world number one Andy Murray has said he will have to push himself harder in training if he wants to make the ATP Tour after the Briton lost to French joker Gilles Simon in the first tour of the Paris Masters.
Simon fought back after one set to beat Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 on Monday, with the three-time Grand Slam champion suffering from cramp in the second set.
“For this to happen after a set and a half on an indoor court where it’s not particularly hot is not really acceptable,” Murray, who has struggled to regain his form since suffering two hip operations.
“It has nothing to do with my hip. I just think the reality is that I have to work harder. Obviously there are some things I can and can’t do these days, I have to be a bit more careful with some of the workouts I do.
“But I can definitely do more than what I’ve done and push myself harder than what I’ve done recently. What I’m trying to do is extremely difficult. I have to do exceptional things to keep competing. “
Murray moved up to 48th from 134th this year and reached finals in Sydney and Stuttgart in the first half of the season.
The 35-year-old said his dip in form in recent months could have been avoided by opting for dedicated training instead of playing in Newport, Rhode Island immediately after Wimbledon.
“If I’m being completely honest, I don’t think this has necessarily happened in the last four or five months, since the problem kind of started in Newport, Washington time,” Murray said. .
“Maybe one of the mistakes I made was playing at Newport. I could have done a training block there to get warm and better prepared for the summer. .”