Don’t think many players would be able to compete with a metal hip, says Andy Murray

Three-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.1 Andy Murray is happy to be competing on the tour despite a metal hip.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has been marvelled at for producing some breath-taking performances over the past few months. The Scot who has undergone multiple surgeries continues to fight onto the ATP tour and entertain his fans. However, Murray has also lost some close matches to some leading players lately which has prevented him from progressing deep in most tournaments.

A few days ago, the former World No.1 also lost in the second round of Antwerp Open to Diego Schwartzman. As reported by ATP tour, Murray sounded pretty happy with his recent efforts but also opined that he hasn’t been clinical as yet.  

“It has been better. From the grass season to the US Open, I played well. I played better tennis at the US Open. Since then, it has been consistently better each week,” Murray said.  

“It has not been perfect, but most of the matches I have had chances and opportunities in, which certainly wasn’t the case in the grass season and some of the matches I played before the US Open. I have had some decent wins and some tight matches with some top players.”

The 34-year-old might have endured some tough losses over the past few months, but Murray has also tested the highly ranked and the next-generation players, on both hard and grass courts.

Further explaining how proud he has felt despite playing with a metal hip, the two-time Wimbledon champion said, “I don’t think there are many players who would be able to compete with the top five players with a metal hip. I am proud of myself for putting myself in a position to compete with those guys.”

Can Andy Murray beat Hurkacz in Vienna?

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

The Brit will now be featuring at the Vienna Open as a wildcard, where he will take on World No.10 Hubert Hurkacz in the opening round. Although the Brit has won two titles in the Austrian capital, he will need to find a way out to beat the Pole. Till now, Murray has lost twice to Hurkacz this year on the hard courts.

“I need to be a bit more clinical and ruthless when my opportunities come,” Murray said. “That was one of the things when I was right at the top of the game was a strong part of my game and I need to get back to that.”

“When my opportunities come, I am going to take them and be clinical. Finish those sets off when you get ahead and not think that more chances are going to come along because when you play the top players, you don’t get loads,” the Scot concluded.

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Vivek has been writing on cricket & tennis for over a decade. He has worked with famous brands-- Mid-Day, Mumbai Indians & Dream11. He has also been to Grand Slams, Davis Cups & ATP tournaments. He also plays tennis at the club level. Besides being a Rafael Nadal fan, he has also enjoyed the privilege of interviewing the Spaniard.