Australian great John Newcombe has denied the chances of Andy Murray reviving his career and completing his record of three tennis titles in the Grand Slam.
Newcombe, the three-time Wimbledon champion, argues that Murray’s hip injury effectively ended his elite career as one of the best men’s tennis players. For “a couple of years” Murray, 32, has confessed to feeling pain in his hip – and took the remainder of the season off after losing in the 2017 Wimbledon quarterfinals.
“I’m not done playing tennis. I will compete at the highest level again.”I’m not done playing tennis. I’m going to compete again at the highest level.
He gave an emotional press conference ahead of the 2019 Australian Open, twelve months – and just seven tournaments – later, saying it may be his career farewell. Murray bets he can save his elite career after having “Birmingham hip” surgery in January 2019, an operation that puts a metal cap on the top of his leg, but Newcombe is not sure of the prospects of world No. 128.
“I don’t see how Andy Murray can ever get back to the player he was, given his age and the chronic nature of his hip injury,” Newcombe told Times Sport.
It takes longer to heal at his age, so I don’t think he can win more Grand Slam tournaments and contend regularly with players like Djokovic, Nadal, and even Federer, who’s in the twilight of his career.
“I predicted about 10 years ago that Andy would retire after winning two or three majors, and he’s done just that,” he said.
“But he had a bad injury and at 32 years old he’s not going to get any better.”
Murray was withdrawn from the 2020 Australian Open at the last minute and also withdrew from next month’s two tournaments in Europe that were seen as crucial landmarks on his way to a miraculous return. Since 2016, he has not appeared in a Grand Slam final.
In the first round of the Davis Cup in Madrid in November, the two-time Wimbledon and one-time U.S. Open champion has also not played after experiencing five grueling sets and is again afflicted by bruises in his right hamstring, where last year he had a metal implant to fix his chronically aching hip.
After the second operation last year, which he detailed in a new film documentary titled Resurfacing, Murray was cautiously positive about his chances of returning to the men’s circuit.
Among his 2020 priorities is to be fit for the July Olympics in Tokyo, where he hopes to add two gold medals to his resume.
Rod Laver, 81, is the only male player to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments twice in the same calendar year, and he claims Murray should have followed in his illustrious footsteps and won a calendar Grand Slam; a feat only five players in the history of men’s tennis have accomplished.
“I think Andy could have won a calendar Grand Slam [all four majors in the same calendar year]if he hadn’t been injured,”I believe Andy could have won the Grand Slam calendar [all four majors in the same calendar year]if he had not been injured.
When he had his opponent down, he learned to play more “He learned to play more ‘kill shots’ when he had his opponent down, and while the French Open may have been the biggest challenge, he definitely had the game to win on clay.” and while the French Open may have been the biggest challenge, he definitely had the game to win on clay.
However, Laver is hesitant to crown any of the ‘Big Three’ of today as the greatest of all time. When Open tennis started in 1969, the Australian legend played with a wooden racket.
“Modern racquet technology has definitely made the game easier,” Laver explained.
If [Roger] Federer, [Rafael] Nadal, [Novak] Djokovic were playing with wooden rackets, they wouldn’t have been able to play any of the shots they’re now able to do. That’s why comparing players from various eras and naming those players the greatest of all time is pointless. All you can really tell is that some of the players were the best of their age, and in that category, I’d put Roger.
Newcombe agrees. Now a frequent analyst on Australian television, the winner of seven Grand Slam tournaments is adamant that men’s tennis will survive the imminent exit of Federer (20 majors), Nadal (19) and Djokivic, whose eighth Australian Open crown moved him to 17 majors on the list of the most active male players in history on Sunday.
“Newcombe said, “If Nadal and Federer, Djokovic, retire, n