Former World No.1, Andy Murray has struggled with persistent injuries in the past couple of seasons. The Scot, now ranked 134th in the world, has been ruled out for many tournaments over the past few seasons, struggling with poor form even when he has played.
However, making a comeback in 2021, enjoying an amazing end to the year. After missing a large chunk of the early season, Murray has played in eight successive tournaments since exiting the US Open. He enjoyed a stellar win over Jannik Sinner at the Stockholm Open to reach the quarter finals of the tournament. He then reached the finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, defeating Rafael Nadal in the process, eventually losing to Andrey Rublev in the finals.
Tennis legends on Murray’s inspirational comeback!
Tennis legends Tomas Berdych, Mark Philippoussis and David Ferrer recently shared their thoughts on various tennis personalities such as Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and various current young crop of stars on the ATP Tour.
Berdych hailed Murray’s mental strength and determination as the Scot successfully made a comeback after his persistent injury problems. The Czech legend claimed that it’s the love for the sport that has still kept Murray going.
“I know him well. We’ve played each other throughout my whole career so if this is what makes him happy, satisfied, then he should keep going. That’s an advantage of tennis because these kind of career decisions only really belong to you. Whatever you feel and whatever you want to do, you do it. Everybody gets their choice and if he feels good, it’s perfect. He knows chasing a Grand Slam title is not possible now, and making more money is not an issue for him, so it’s just the pure love of the sport and if he feels the level he’s at right now is enough for him then keep on playing, why not? I would probably be playing myself if my hip and lower back problems didn’t bother me and I had a solution to it.”- said Berdych.
In a similar vein, Philippoussis and Ferrer too hailed the 34-year old’s mental strength and praised the Scot on his successful comeback.
“It’s awesome seeing him. He shows his passion being out there, grinding, enjoying, and competing,” said Philippoussis.
“He finished the year playing really good. It’s important for Andy to play big tournaments, rest, and be ready for playing tournaments he decides to play,” said Ferrer.