Andy Murray has been the flagbearer of British tennis for the longest time and has fulfilled that responsibility wholeheartedly. Murray ended Britain’s wait for a British Wimbledon champion and apart from being a 3-time Grand Slam champion, he also led Britain to their first Davis Cup in 79 years, winning 11 of the 12 points during the 2015 Davis Cup.
While Murray was clinching titles and putting exceptional performances, he along with Novak Djokovic joined Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to form a quarter called the ‘Big-4’ being four of the most dominant players on the ATP Tour. But Murray’s struggle with a hip injury and subsequent drop in form and rank falling to outside the Top-800.
With a metallic hip, Murray has started playing more regularly on the Tour and is currently ranked World No. 172. With many speculations on how long can the former World No. 1 continue playing on the highest of levels, Murray ended all the speculations during his press conference at the ongoing 2021 European Open in Antwerp, Belgium where he won his last title in 2019.
“I’ve been playing tennis since I was 4 or 5, I’ve been a professional for 16 or 17 and left home when I was 15. I like tennis. This sport has given me incredible opportunities. I have travelled all over the world since I was a child and have had great times on the courts.
“Tennis is a big part of my life and a lot of former players I have spoken with have told me to keep playing for as long as possible. I will therefore continue to play at the high level until my body tells me to stop,” said Murray hoping to continue playing as long as possible for him.
Andy Murray to clash with Frances Tiafoe in Round 1 in Antwerp
Murray plans to enter the Top-100 as soon as possible in order to avoid playing higher-ranked players in the early rounds. He entered the 2021 Indian Wells Masters ranked World No. 121 and made it to the 3rd round before being stopped in his tracks by World No. 4 Alexander Zverev but received immense praise for his performance against the Olympics Gold medallist.
At the 2021 European Open, Murray will clash with Frances Tiafoe in what will be their 2nd meeting of the season having last met at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.