I was reading Andy Q/A on Facebook and someone said how long has got left on rehab and he said it was nearly over and that was before he went to Miami. On to this Dream Cup a nice tittle bit of stress free tennis with fellow pros. I like that Andy and Kim will have a little mini break there aswell. It all sets it up nicely for next season.
Every positive update I get from Andy the more confident I become about next season.
How typical of Andy to play things down. Yeah his back was feeling so great that an interview he gave before he left for Miami had to be held indoors because it couldn't cope with the cold. That's positive? Obviously the heat in Miami will help it, but it's still early days.
I didn't think Kim had gone to Miami with him anyway, and I certainly got the impression from an article I read the other day that he'll be on his own in Barbados where he will continue with his rehab routine as well as practising. It's possible, I suppose, that she could fly there and join him but it doesn't sound like she'll see too much of him ... well during the day anyway!
I can't help but think it's a bit of psychological warfare going on there. Andy wants to make the point that he may have been out for the end of this season, but he's gearing up for the next one. Even if he had to spend a couple of weeks doing very little in the way of exercise, he didn't let himself get out of shape.
I know a picture doesn't really prove much, but there is a long time to go between now and Australia, and I think this Barbados Cup will be perfect. It isn't a serious tournament (clearly designed to show of Barbados as a tourist destination), but it gives Andy something to aim for, and to get a feel for where he's at.
All of which makes perfect sense, but it was still good to see him on court even although we don't know exactly how long he was on for.