Andy Murray will play the Moselle Open. The Brit is searching for a tournament win on the comeback trail. Since claiming the title at the European Open in 2019 it’s been a tough road for the former World #1.
Murray is looking to improve his ranking. The Brit is currently #116 in the world and accepting wild cards into tour events. Tournament directors see the Brit as a marquee name to drive fans to attend their events. The Brit is still trying to recover following injuries that plagued the last few seasons.
The three-time Grand Slam champion and two-time Olympic singles Gold medallist is still a big name in mens tennis. Murray draws a crowd wherever playing, so is always a guaranteed draw. The Brit is enjoying being pain free and appears to be enjoying the sport again.
The Brit underwent hip resurfacing in 2019, the same operation that Bob Bryan had. The Bryan Brothers retired from professional tennis last year. The twins record of 119 Open Era doubles titles, including 16 Grand Slams, will be tough if not impossible to beat.
Murray is doing something that no other player has done–playing singles after a hip resurfacing. The Brit told the press in April 2019 “I don’t feel any pressure to get playing again but if my body will allow, I will try.”
The former World #1 certainly is trying. After a few false starts, where a further groin injury prevented participation, Murray is eager to get back on the tour.
Although losing in the first round of the US Open against third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, Murray showed the fight. The match was a thrilling five setter, the Brit proved the doubters wrong. Murray may have lost the match, but he is not done yet.
The Brit entered the ATP Challenger in Rennes last week, winning the first match. However, Murray lost the second match. Signs of the “old” Murray are visible, the Brit needs matches and match wins so by entering Metz and also San Diego before Indian Wells is good planning.
Murray is not done yet, it will be a slog to get back to the top. The Brit may not win another major, this doesn’t matter. Andy Murray is a legacy. British tennis is accepting this and building on it. Emma Raducanu is evidence of this.
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