Posted: 26th June 2013
Did anybody watch the BBC One documentary – Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet – on Sunday night? I recommend you do if not.
I saw a clip for the show online a few weeks ago and was keen to see it as I think I can learn some things from the way he goes about his training and managing his body.
Like myself, Murray has had to deal with back problems. And through a combination of hard work and having a good team of people around him, the US Open winner got himself fit and ready for Queen's and Wimbledon.
I think it is fair to say that lots of people changed their opinion of Murray after the Wimbledon final and Olympic Games last summer.
The documentary again showed another side to him and I imagine that helped, too.
When you think of what he went thorough while he was at school in Dunblane and what he has since gone on to achieve in tennis, you cannot help but respect him. I wish him all the best at SW19 this year.
During my time off, I also learned about what five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave went through at a similar age to me.
He was told he would never row again because of severe back problems, and look what he went on to achieve.
Things like this lift my confidence when I am out of action. It proves to me that you can go on to achieve greatness even after suffering major setbacks.
It really is a case of learning and listening to your body. You have to manage every aspect of your game – from your schedule, practising and general day-to-day life – in order to go on and succeed.
It has been frustrating, of course, but in the long run I know that the time I've had away from the game this year will only help my career going forward.
On that subject, I'm pleased to report that I'm back out on the golf course. And, even if I say it myself, I've still got it!
I played my first nine holes for quite a while on Monday.
Granted, the game was a little rusty, but I suppose that is to be expected. More importantly, there were a lot of shots that pleased me.
I'll play some more golf this week before heading to play in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris on Monday.
It is one of the toughest courses of the year. I couldn't have picked a better time to return!
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