Grand slam success Murray’s next target

The Outsiders – Women – Roland Garros 2019

After leading Britain to its first Davis Cup title since 1936 last weekend, Andy Murray hopes to add more grand slam silverware to his collection in 2016.

The 28-year-old Scot had a fine season on the ATP Tour this year and will finish the season as the world number two for the first time in his career. 

Having played more than 100 matches in 2015, the two-time grand slam winner will take ten days off following last week's triumph in Ghent, before starting his preparation for the Australian Open in January, an event where he has finished as the runner-up on four occassions.

"The most important thing is, yes, enjoy it now, but don't let it go on for like three weeks and stop practising hard and going to the gym and doing everything properly," the former US Open and Wimbledon champion told reporters before leaving Belgium on Monday.

"I need to train really hard in the off-season if I want to have a chance of making this count for next year.

"I hope (winning the Davis Cup) will be an inspiration. It's definitely given me a boost going into the off-season.

"I've been close (in Australia) a number of years. I haven't won there but I think I've often played my best tennis. I really like the conditions, the courts.

"That's obviously my next big goal."

Murray won 11 of his 12 rubbers for Britain in the Davis Cup in 2015, and thanks to his sublime record in the competition since 2013, the champions will start next year's event as the top seeds.

"For five years I think we have lost two matches, and even against Italy last year it went to a fifth rubber," he continued.

Murray also hopes Britain's Davis Cup success inspires the likes of James Ward, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans to greater success on the ATP Tour.

"I think in the last few weeks they all won Challenger events because this final was huge motivation, and now it's about taking that form and level into next year," he added.