Here is Andy Murray once more… Absent from the circuit since the starting of March, the Scottish, 34 years outdated subsequent week and 123rd in the world, has nonetheless not abdicated. Even if he’s now very removed from the jewel in the crown which shone three Grand Slams, the former tenant of the ATP throne, who solely performed three occasions in 2021 (with a ultimate … from Challenger to Biella), resists.
This Sunday, the Briton might be on the courts of the Masters 1000 in Rome. Not to take part in the event however to begin per week of coaching on land. With for first sparring-partners Diego Schwartzman and… Novak Djokovic. “I really feel good at the second, breathes Murray, handed near retirement in January 2019 and outfitted with a steel hip. I wish to play in opposition to the highest degree gamers attainable as a result of I feel it would assist me enhance my recreation quicker. “
The double winner of Wimbledon, who missed the first Major of the season in Australia after contracting the Covid-19, then hopes for an invitation to Lyon or Geneva before Roland-Garros where he is currently registered … in the qualifications ( from May 24)! “I don’t mind if they don’t want to give me a wild card. That’s fine, they can give it to whoever they want, he observes. It’s just complicating my schedule a bit, but we should find out within a week or two. They want to see me compete. Does that mean that I have to win matches, I don’t know… “
Last September, Murray, finalist in Paris in 2016 and 4 instances semi-finalist, had already been invited to Porte d’Auteuil, the place he had been swept away as quickly as he entered the working by Stan Wawrinka (6-1, 6-3, 6 -2), but affected by the knee. A “performance” which had given rise to some criticism as to the legitimacy of its participation.
“I did it and I shouldn’t have, it was the biggest mistake of my career. I think Andy Murray needs to stop thinking about him and start thinking about who he was. Does he have the right to take a wild card instead of a youngster? »Mats Wilander asked, triple winner of the Paris tournament.
Anyone who dreams of being a golf caddy or football coach at the end of his career does not see why he would put his rackets away. “Why should I stop?” He stated throughout his final look in Rotterdam. Give me motive why I ought to cease taking part in. With this hip I can nonetheless compete with the finest gamers in the world. I discover it fairly humorous. “
Whatever fate the organizers of Roland Garros have in store for him, Murray sees beyond the ring road, with Wimbledon (June 28 – July 11) and the Tokyo Olympics (July 23 – August 8) in their sights. We must not forget that Sir Andy, crowned in his London garden in 2012 and in Rio in 2016, is a double Olympic title holder. “I can’t wait to have a good month this summer,” he says. It’s hard for me to look too far into the future. I didn’t expect it to be easy but I’m trying to achieve something that has never been done before. “