Andy Murray makes last-minute schedule change after early Australian Open exit

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Andy Murray will be back in action next week after confirming his participation in the Rotterdam ATP 500. The former world No 1 is currently without a coach, having parted ways with Jan de Witt following the end of their trial period after a disappointing second round loss at the Australian Open.

Murray has confirmed his upcoming schedule, and will be back in action as early as next week at the AMN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The news comes after the 34-year-old parted ways with Jan de Witt, the German coach he was undergoing a trial period with in Australia.

It was a disappointing first-round loss at the Melbourne ATP 250 in the lead-up to the Aussie Open for Murray, but a week later he made the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic, losing to top seed Aslan Karatsev.

But Murray was unable to bounce back at the Australian Open, playing for the first time since prematurely announcing his retirement there in 2019.

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After an impressive five-set win over 21st seed Nikoloz Bashilashvili in the first round, he fell to qualifier Taro Daniel in straight sets a round later.

The current world No 102 was critical of his loss after the match, saying: “For me, tonight is not good enough in that respect. You know, making second round of slams is not something I find particularly motivating. I want to be doing better than that.”

On Tuesday, it was confirmed that the three-time Grand Slam champion had parted ways with de Witt following his disappointing early exit in Melbourne, now finding himself without a coach.

And Murray will now return to competition coachless, confirming a last-minute decision to enter the Rotterdam tournment next week before going to the Middle East for the Doha and Dubai double.

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It’s a change of plan from his oiginal schedule, with Murray confirming after his loss in Melbourne: “I’m planning on playing Doha and Dubai next. And, yeah, that’s what I’m planning on. Obviously I’ll go home now and have a little bit of time off. Then, yeah, that’s what my next tournaments are scheduled to be.”

Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have been announced as last-minute wildcards, after late withdrawals from the tournament.

World No 2 and recent US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev has pulled out of the event, as has fellow top ten player Jannik Sinner.

But Murray still joins a strong field at the ATP 500 event, with top ten players Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Andrey Rublev – who beat Murray in the Rotterdam second round last year – also in the draw.

Former world No 1 Murray lifted the title in Rotterdam back in 2009, and this year will be looking to get some more wins in before heading to the Middle East.

The Brit had been expecting to play Doha and Dubai with a wildcard, and has now confirmed his participation in both.

It will be a tight turnaround for Murray after his last-minute decision to play Rotterdam, with the Doha ATP 250 beginning on February 14, and the Dubai ATP 500 kicking off the following week on February 21.

Murray has made no secret of how significant this season is for his career.

“You know, this is a really important year for me for a number of reasons, and I want to perform well in the big events,” he said after his loss to Daniel in Australia.

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