Former World No. 1 Andy Murray recently played at the 2021 European Open where he went down battling in the 2nd round to Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman. Murray had been handed a wildcard for the tournament as apart from his other feats, he was also a champion in 2019 in Antwerp.
Murray played in the longest 3-set match of the season in his 1st round win over Frances Tiafoe with the match ending after 3 hours and 45 minutes leaving both the players exhausted and tired in the long tiebreakers they played. With a straight-set defeat in the 2nd round, Murray will now focus on his next tournaments in order to improve his ranking which has fallen to World No. 171.
Post his 2nd round match, during the press conference, he was asked if he would like to give some advice to Emma Raducanu who lost in her first match after winning the 2021 US Open and is currently without a coach and is in a bit of a spot with all the limelight and attention ever since she became a Grand Slam champion.
“I never really enjoyed it when all the ex-British tennis players were always ‘floundering’ after every win and loss on what you should do, what you shouldn’t do. In addition, many of them also allowed themselves to give advice. So I’m not going to comment on Emma’s decisions or her performances, but if she wants to give me a call, I’ll be happy to answer her,” said Murray.
Andy Murray heading to Austria next
Murray is set to now feature at the upcoming 2021 Vienna Open where he has been a 2-time champion and has a record of 8-0 at the tournament having not lost a single match. The Vienna Open is an ATP-500 event and a good performance there will surely boost Murray’s rank as he is looking to break into the Top-100 as soon as possible.
He also has the 2021 Paris Masters, the final ATP-1000 event of the season. Murray was a winner at the 2016 Paris Masters after having finished runner-up at the 2015 edition. As for Emma, she will now be heading to Romania for the inaugural 2021 Transylvania Open.