According to coach Jamie Delgado, the ANDY MURRAY days at the top of world tennis are far from over.
Since 2016, Delgado has been Murray’s mentor, and has put the former world number one through the wringer, who is currently preparing for the US Open on a wildcard.
After an exciting year in 2016, the Scot climbed to the top of the world rankings, but has since suffered with a long-term hip injury that forced him in 2018 and 2019 to undergo two surgeries.
Murray, 33, recently played in the British Fight and Delgado says that at the end of the month, the urge to duel Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is still burning as bright as ever ahead of Flushing Meadows.
The 43-year-old said, “It’s been frustrating – it’s taken a while, but at the end of the day he wants to be out there competing against the best players in the world and doing what he loves,”
Of course, he’s still inspired, he’s — he’s super-determined, totally, and that’s the goal, no doubt, to get back out against the best players there.
And his team thinks the same way — that’s what we’re working hard for, and with all his training in the gym and the recovery he’s doing, he works very hard.
He ended the year at the end of last year with a fantastic win in Antwerp, and we weren’t able to play in the tournaments this year for different reasons.
“Hopefully we can get back out there, and we’re just looking forward to getting out there and competing.”
After experiencing a couple of years of injury nightmares, Murray was crowned king of the European Open in Antwerp in October amid emotional scenes.
At the 2019 Australian Open, the current world No. 129 declared his potential retirement, then withdrew from the sport due to hip pain, and went under the knife at the end of January for the second time.
Since then, alongside Feliciano Lopez, Serena Williams and brother Jamie, he has slowly made his way back to the top of the world, playing doubles.
As Murray beat longtime rival and three-time Grand Slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the final, the victory on the Belgian courts was not long in coming.
As a British sporting great, a hat trick of Grand Slams for Murray has cemented his reputation, but Delgado says it is a source of disappointment that the 46-time title holder should have won more.
Obviously, he was the world’s No. 1 player at the time, so I guess he might have won more because he was injured? Yeah, but we don’t know for sure obviously, do we? ‘And he added.
It’s hard to say [what would have happened without the injuries]– he won Wimbledon and the 2016 Olympics a year before he got injured and was No. 1 in the world.
So he will definitely have been in the running for them [Grand Slams].
“He worked really hard and tried to prepare as much as he could for the competition.”
This week, Delgado and Murray are traveling to New York, and the coach says he is optimistic about Murray’s prospect of getting back on the field.
“The US Open is going to be very different, but also unique – it’s going to be fun to see how it all works out, so we’ll see how it goes,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to going out there and playing matches because he hasn’t played that many matches.”
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