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Greg Rusedski feels that Andy Murray could make the decision to continue touring or retire from tennis in 2022; the Scotsman is playing with a metal hip after two surgeries; contracted COVID-19 and suffered a ‘strange’ groin injury sustained in his sleep before this year’s Miami Open
Last updated: 04/11/21 8:27 am
Greg Rusedski believes that 2022 will be a defining year in Andy Murray’s career.
The former world number one has enjoyed a long string of matches on the men’s ATP Tour since the US Open, where he led one of the game’s rising stars, Stefanos Tsitsipas, to five sets, but failed to make a deep run. in none of them due to being ranked outside of the top 100.
He has played tournaments in Metz, San Diego, Indian Wells, Antwerp, Vienna and Paris, while the Scotsman confirmed next week The Stockholm Open will be the last of the season.
Murray has had some bad luck because he has faced the top 20 players at the beginning of the tournaments. He has lost to Hubert Hurkacz, Casper Ruud, Alexander Zverev and Diego Schwartzman, but his loss to German world number 58 Dominik Koepfer in Paris “disappointed” Rusedski more due to the nature of his defeat.
“I think in 2022 we will know what Andy Murray will do. Will he continue touring or will it be his last year?”
Greg Rusedski on Andy Murray
“It gets more difficult every year, because this project has been going on for four years and the signs were looking great from the US Open to Paris, but his loss to Dominik Koepfer was a bit disappointing to be honest,” The former number one of the British men, Rusedski, said.
“Physically, his body didn’t really warm up in the first set and a bit. When his opponent served for the match at 5-4, he wasn’t moving well, he wasn’t hitting the ball well. And he had seven match points and I couldn’t. find a way to get through that match, so I think it’s going to be a tough road back to where he wants.
“He says ‘I’m not going to be happy losing in the second and third rounds.’ The problem he’s going to have is that he’s not going to be seeded in these events, he has 144 in the world and to improve his ranking he’s going to have to win. two or three of the top 10 players in a row, especially at these Masters Series events.
“I congratulate you on all the hard work you are doing, but you must be extremely frustrated that you are not getting the results you want even though your tennis is improving.”
Rusedski, who will play alongside many legends of the game in Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall later this month, believes Murray could make a career-defining decision next year.
The two-time Wimbledon champion plans to rest and recover in the off-season before traveling to Melbourne for the Australian Open, which begins on January 17. He was forced to miss the Slam earlier this year after catching COVID-19.
He said: “I think in 2022 we will know what Andy Murray is going to do. Will he continue on the tour or will it be his last year? I think this is the season that is going to determine how much longer. We are going to see that great champion.
“Next year will allow him to make the decision he wants because he will remember this year and say: ‘I trained very hard in the offseason, I was very unlucky to catch COVID, so I was ready for the Australian.’ Open ‘, which It’s one of his favorite tournaments, he made the final six times and didn’t really get the momentum he was hoping for.
“Now that the restrictions have been lifted, now that you are vaccinated and traveling has become a little easier without the quarantine, there really is no excuse. You may have a season where you can travel, choose your events, hopefully stay strong. physically and you can make a decision about what you want to do because at 34 it is not easier, believe me!
“During my generation over 30 was overtime, today they are playing into their mid-30s. With all the injuries he’s had to recover from, it just gets harder and harder.”
Greg Rusedski will play Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, the final of the ATP Champions Tour, from November 25-28. Tickets available in www.atpchampionstour.com/london