Britain’s Andy Murray has returned to his training base in Miami to prepare himself for the second hard court season of the year.
Pictures of the British number one training in the gym and on the court have been posted on his Facebook page, as he aims to get in to shape for the US Open, which begins on August 25th.
The world number 10 is yet to play since losing his Wimbledon title earlier in July, when he was beaten by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals in three sets.
With his focus being on aiming to get into perfect condition going into the final Grand Slam of the year, he was pictured doing some leg presses in front of physio Jez Green and hitting shots with his shirt off in the sweltering Miami heat.
The Dunblane-born player often retreats to his base in Florida when on a break from competitive action, as it is his place of residence during the off-season, and he informed his supporters that he would be keeping them updated on his training regime.
Murray wrote: “Out in Miami at the moment, working hard before the US swing. Will try and give you all a bit of taste of what goes into my training blocks over the next few days, so keep an eye out.”
He is still in the early stages of training with new coach Amelie Mauresmo, who he appointed in June after reaching the semi-finals of the French Open, after parting company with previous coach Ivan Lendl in March.
The next tournament that he is scheduled to play in will be the Toronto Masters, which starts on August 2nd, before playing in another Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati the following week.
The two-time Grand Slam winner will then head to New York looking to regain his US Open title that he won in 2012, but a disappointing quarter-final loss to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in 2013 saw him relinquish his title.
It has been a disappointing year for the 27-year-old, as his world ranking has fallen by six positions since the start of the year, and he is now in his lowest position since 2008, while he is yet to reach the final of any tournament on the tour this year.
Murray will be hoping for a repeat of his 2012 trip to Flushing Meadows
Murray is yet to rekindle the kind of form that lead to him becoming the first British male Wimbledon champion since 1936 when beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final, as he has struggled to recover from back surgery which forced him to miss the back end of the 2013 season.
But he has time to improve his ranking by the end of the year, as due to the back surgery, he has few points to defend going into the last few months of the season, and he could still go into the US Open as one of the top eight seeds should he perform well in the next two tournaments.