In his newest column for BBC Sport, Jamie Murray talks about narrowly lacking out on one other Australian Open ultimate, the uncertainty of what occurs subsequent for tennis and utilizing video know-how to assist make a “massive change” to his sport.
After dropping within the Australian Open semi-finals on Friday, I flew again to London on the weekend and now I am spending a few weeks at dwelling with my spouse.
You’ll be able to’t keep away from a little bit of jetlag and I used to be up early this morning as my physique adjusts again to British time. I am used to it now after years travelling the world on the tour and I simply should cope with it.
I did a Covid take a look at once I bought again and it produced a adverse outcome. Meaning I am allowed to coach on the Nationwide Tennis Centre, though I’ve to do a lateral move take a look at each 4 days. Aside from that, I will probably be quarantining at dwelling.
Clearly there’s nonetheless a variety of uncertainty about what’s going to occur over the approaching months due to the pandemic.
Clearly lots of people the world over are having a tough time and we would like issues to ease for us all as quickly as potential.
Talking from a tennis perspective, we do not know but what the following few months will seem like.
So far as I am conscious the tournaments on the calendar are going forward as deliberate, however whether or not that’s with crowds, restricted crowds or no crowds, we do not know. Each nation is totally different.
My associate Bruno Soares is again in Brazil in the intervening time and spending time along with his household too. We’re not completely certain what our plans are, however we’re taking a look at taking part in in Acapulco and Miami assuming they go forward subsequent month as deliberate.
We must always have exemptions by way of the ATP to journey and compete. For the gamers, there’s the added stress of attempting to get flights, not understanding if you will take a look at constructive on arrival after which having lengthy durations sitting in your room in quarantine.
It isn’t an awesome set-up on your psychological well being. It’s a unusual time and I do not understand how lengthy it’ll maintain going like this.
Novak Djokovic floated the concept about an NBA-style bubble lately. In a super world, the tour would transfer to 1 nation for six or seven weeks and have a number of tournaments.
Nonetheless, in actuality, that is clearly very tough as a result of the tour does not run the tournaments.
Hopefully the world can get vaccinated, and we are able to get again to competing in a traditional world with individuals free to return and watch us play.
But it surely stills feels as if we’re a approach off from that occuring.
How an iPad & video evaluation contributed to Melbourne success
Shedding in the Australian Open semi-final was a troublesome one to take.
We began very well towards Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram – who have been the defending champions – and we have been a bit unfortunate, a number of issues went towards us that bought them again into the match.
That gave them one thing to carry onto and a few momentum. It was an odd one actually and really disappointing to not attain the ultimate.
Bruno and I had performed properly in Australia as much as that time and we felt we had an awesome probability to go on and win one other Grand Slam title.
However it was a improbable begin to the yr. We gained our first eight matches of 2021 – having gained one of many warm-up occasions after which reaching the Australian Open semi-finals – so we now have loads to sit up for for the remainder of the yr.
I would not say it was a shock as such that it has gone so properly, we had the advantage of having performed collectively earlier than and put in a variety of work.
For me personally, I labored actually exhausting on my serve within the low season and I used to be very happy with how that went.
That a part of my sport was the most important limiting issue for me over the earlier 18 months or so, and I wished to provide myself a superb base from which to start out the yr on.
I made some massive adjustments. I am not tossing the ball up and taking an enormous step into the serve.
The explanation why I’ve tweaked it’s to get myself into place the place I might rise up and assault the ball, touchdown contained in the courtroom to permit me to maneuver ahead faster and play my first volley.
It’s one thing I had struggled with over the previous couple of seasons. I used to be conscious of it however hadn’t been capable of repair it.
As quickly as we completed final season, I believed I needed to get on high of this and tried to start out making the adjustments, understanding I had the time to work on it.
Even a really small change feels large and peculiar. It’s all muscle reminiscence as a result of your physique is used to doing it for a sure approach for thus a few years.
I’ve finished a variety of video evaluation, utilizing an iPad on the courtroom to provide on the spot suggestions. This captures the serves and you may see right away the movement and the technical adjustments I used to be attempting to make.
As soon as I bought out to Australia I used to be nonetheless filming a bit however primarily watching different individuals’s serves, their set-ups and positions from the place they hit the ball from.
There is not a participant – both traditionally or on tour now – that I used to be attempting to emulate. However while you see everybody doing it alongside these strains, you realize you are heading in the right direction.
It felt good all through the entire journey and it provides me a variety of confidence going ahead. If I can preserve that then I believe issues will go properly for me and Bruno this season.
Jamie Murray was speaking to BBC Sport’s Jonathan Jurejko