7-time major singles champion Mats Wilander has made quite a bold prediction. He has said that the former world no.1 Andy Murray can get nearer to the top 10 of the world rankings soon and will be a constant threat in the upcoming grand slams. Murray was in good form going into this Wimbledon Championships, winning the Nottingham trophy and the Surbiton challenger. He looked in sublime touch and was leading two sets to one in the second round at Wimbledon against Stefanos Tsitsipas, the world no.5.
But, because of the sporadic rain interruptions, the momentum got broken and Tsitsipas pulled it off in the end with some brilliant tennis. Murray had his chances this Wimbledon, but couldn’t take it and now he will be looking forward to salvaging some pride by giving his best at the last grand slam of the year, the US Open.
Andy Murray is always a threat at the grand slams according to Mats Wilander
According to Mats Wilander, Andy Murray is still dangerous’ at grand slams as long as he trains hard. The 3-time grand slam champion and the owner of 46 ATP titles can never be counted out despite his many struggles and not being at his best. And as they say, form is temporary, but class is permanent. And Murray being a class player can never ever be underestimated. True, Andy Murray is yet to reach even the quarter-finals of a grand slam since 2018, so it might be quite a stretch to call him dangerous in grand slams. But he is improving a lot and his injuries have gone away and things are looking promising for him again.
Wilander says, “Wimbledon must have been very disappointing for him in a way, but then again he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who was ranked fifth at the time, so Murray, where can he get to?” He further added, “I think he must believe he can get back to somewhere between 10 and 20 in the world, and I would have to agree with that call in a way. I think he can, I think he will always be dangerous in the majors.”If not for Murray’s hip injury, he could have surely added more slams to his trophy cabinet. One must really feel for Murray for his ill luck.
What exactly was Murray’s hip injury?
Murray suffered from a hip condition known as osteoarthritis. It causes severe pain, stiffness, and difficulty performing day-to-day activities. Thus, the former Olympic gold medallist had to undergo hip surgery. Since then, his body has never been perfect, and he has talked many times about one “one big injury” ending his career.He has been plagued by so much of injuries and they have almost ruined his illustrious career. Now ranked 40 in the world, Murray has faced so many hardships and endured a lot to come to this position at least. His fans would be happy if Wilander’s prediction comes true and Murray reaches a ranking near the top 10.
Murray would be disconcerted that he was not able to move past the obstacle that was Stefanos Tsitsipas in Wimbledon. It was his favorite surface. But now he would want to put those things behind him and move ahead to accomplish greater things on the tennis court again.