’45 months later’ Andy Murray breaks into the Top-100 of ATP rankings

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray returns to the Top-100 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since May 2018.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

3-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray‘s quest to return to the Top-100 of the ATP Rankings was finally fulfilled when the ATP rankings were updated for the second time in February 2022. The Brit was ranked 95th in the rankings updated on 7th February 2022, making his return to Top-100 for the first time since 28th May 2018.

After consistent injury struggles in 2017, Murray’s hip surgery in 2018 saw him miss the first 7 months of the Tour and his ranking was 839th in the world on 16th July 2018, the lowest he was ever ranked since making his debut in ATP rankings in 2003. He broke into the Top-150 for the first time on 21st October 2019 and since then was fighting to enter the Top-100 but was unable to.

However, after a good trip Down Under, the Brit’s rank is in double digits. After losing his season opener, he made a run to the finals at the 2022 Sydney Tennis Classic losing to Aslan Karatsev in the finals. Post that, he played at the 2022 Australian Open where after surviving a 5-set first-round battle against Nikoloz Basilashvili, he was beaten in straight-sets by Taro Daniel in the second round.

With 716 points to his name, the 34-year old is now the 95th ranked player in the world but will not be satisfied as he is only 12 points away from the 100th ranked Andreas Seppi.

A busy February for Andy Murray

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Murray has signed up for 3 back-to-back events in February. He starts with the ATP-500 Rotterdam Open where he won the championship in 2009. After his week in the Netherlands, he will be playing at the ATP-250 Qatar Open where he won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009. His final tournament of the month will be the ATP-500 Dubai Championships which he won back in 2017.

With 1250 points to contest for in the month, some good performances could see Murray win furthermore points and rise in the rankings as his plan to skip the Clay season will again see his ranking drop and could be out of the Top-100 once again, much to his dismay.

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