World No. 51 Andy Murray is currently in a race against time to regain full fitness ahead of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships where he will be on the hunt for his 3rd Wimbledon title and 4th career Grand Slam title. Murray had skipped the majority of the claycourt season to remain fit for the grass season but an untimely injury in his Tour debut on Grass at Stuttgart has put him at risk.
Murray finished runner-up in Stuttgart to Matteo Berrettini and was later revealed of having picked up an injury that ruled him out of the next Tour events in order to recover before Wimbledon as his movement is anyway restricted due to his metal hip. Murray had made it to the third round in 2021 after playing two long matches in the first two rounds before being shot down in straight-sets by Denis Shapovalov. But this year with his improved ranking and better form, a good run can be expected from the former World No. 1.
“Andy Murray has a lot of experience and he knows how to play better than almost anyone on this surface”: John McEnroe
At age 35 with a restricted movement, not many will back Murray to win the Championships once again as playing 7 matches in the best-of-5 format won’t be easy for him. Nevertheless, former World No. 1 and 3-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe believes that Murray does have a good chance at the Grand Slam this year if he reaches the All-England Club fully fit as he is under the watchful eyes of Ivan Lendl, the coach who helped him to reach the top of the rankings and won him his biggest career titles.
“If he’s fit, I think he’s one of the contenders. I actually believe he’s one of the few guys who can win. He has a lot of experience and he knows how to play better than almost anyone on this surface. I’m amazed he moves so well. If you have a metal hip, that would tell me you wouldn’t move as well, but I have noticed a marked improvement this year.
“I saw Ivan recently, I don’t think he would if he didn’t believe Andy could win another one, honestly I don’t believe he would be part of it. It’s kind of exciting because it puts Andy back in the mix, which I think he deserves. He looks at Rafa and Novak, he must say to himself why not me, I think it’s quite possible,” said McEnroe in his interview with Mail Plus citing that Murray might look up to fellow colleagues Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for inspiration.
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