Over the years I have shouted and even cried with joy watching Andy Murray beat the best and win some of the biggest titles this incredible sport has to offer.
The sport is more than just supporting a player and watching them lift trophies but also the journey in the sport, bouncing back and those important life lessons of hard work and never giving in.
On returning to singles action from hip resurfacing a lot of questions were asked. There was a point last year if Murray could continue in singles and he did with a good run in Asia and finishing with the title in Antwerp from 3-6 3-4 down against Wawrinka.
2020 for many reasons didn’t pan out, a groin injury meant that his usual stint at Crandon Park over December to practice was off and he missed the ATP Cup and Australian Open. The plan was to look at Indian Wells but then the year got put on hold by Covid-19.
During this time there was no tennis, as restrictions began to loosen and Murray took part in Battle of the Brits down in Roehampton and made the semi’s.
As Tennis returned he opted for Cincinnati and New York and didn’t disappoint. He won against Tiafoe and Zverev at Cincinnati and then at the US Open was two sets to one down to Yoshihito Nishioka and won in five sets having not played a five set match for over 18 months…
The French Open didn’t go the plan, Stan Wawrinka is a different animal on the clay courts and I thought it highlighted a lot of things for Andy to look at. The forehand on the run was lacking that glide and I felt in New York and Paris the backhand lacked bite. Let’s not forget, first clay court match in over 1150 days for the Brit so an overeaction and disgusting comments from Mats Wilander were totally invalid when you see what Andy has achieved since returning.
Cologne did not go to plan for Murray who lost 4-6 4-6 to Verdasco and announced his withdrawal from Cologne 2 with an injury.
Murray who has been elected to the ATP Tour Player Council by his fellow players this last week has pulled out due to an inflammation of the left psoas. The muscle is located in the lower back and runs through the pelvis and to the femur and has been bothering him since New York.
This leaves an option for Murray of the Paris Masters. The current curfew in Paris does mean it is in jeopardy as days have been known to push to midnight but it is understood but not confirmed Murray’s participate would be unlikely.
It does look possible the next time we see Murray will be in 2021, will he be able to go to Crandon Park in December to train?
The plan would be Australia and of course the Australian Open which has plans in place. There are things up in the air at the moment and Tennis Australia is looking at moving the ATP Cup and potentially other events in Australia to Melbourne as travel around states is restricted in Australia right now.
Depending on how the calendar looks I wouldn’t be surprised to maybe see Murray look at building some more momentum and it will be interesting how he manages his schedule.
This time last year Murray won in Antwerp, we didn’t know how 2020 would end. None of us expected what has happened to happen and it proves we need to always appreciate all moments to enjoy the things we love!