Andy Murray has revealed he could not bring himself to watch the Australian Open and unfollowed other tennis players on social media after he was forced to miss the event with coronavirus.
The former world No.1 was unable to travel to Australia because of an untimely bout of COVID-19 and while his colleagues did battle in Melbourne he competed at a lower-level tournament in Italy.
“I didn’t watch any because I wanted to be there myself,” Murray said.
“It was a struggle to be honest.I stopped following all the tennis players I follow on social media and stuff because I just didn’t really want to see it.”
The tournament finished on Sunday in familiar fashion with Novak Djokovic winning a ninth title thanks to a straight-sets win over Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final.
It struck another blow for the old guard of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer against the younger generation.
“I expected the final to be closer to be honest but I also know how good Novak is there and when he’s on his game and obviously highly motivated,” Murray said.
“I saw before the final Medvedev said something along the lines of Novak having immense pressure on him, which is true.
“But those guys have been at the top of the game, they’ve been dealing with immense pressure their whole careers and they know how to deal with it and perform at their best level when it matters.”
Murray said the younger players, in his view, had not yet shown that they’re “particularly close”.
“Obviously what happened at the US Open, (Dominic) Thiem did what he had to do to win the event.
“But if Novak hadn’t put a ball through the line judge’s throat, it would be the same outcome I think.”
Murray made the most of his time in Italy, reaching the final before losing to Illya Marchenko.
He will play his first ATP Tour event of the season this week at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier and he remains bullish about his hopes as he continues to work his way back from his long-term injury problems.
“It was good to get the five matches,” said the 33-year-old.
“I found it tricky conditions to play there to be honest. In terms of the level of tennis, it was at times OK.”