The world of tennis is constantly changing, and success comes not only from rigorous training but also from astute observation. Former world no.1 Andy Murray recently opened up about the valuable lessons he learned from the sensational 2023 Wimbledon final between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic. The video caught the attention of renowned coach and legendary player, Ivan Ljubičić, who took to Twitter to highlight the importance of watching the entire match rather than just settling for the highlights. Ljubicic carries quite a lot of credibility considering his background as a pundit.
Andy Murray on the art of studying tennis and Ljubičić’s urgent plea to the next gen players
During a press conference at the Mubadala Citi DC Open, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray talked about how much he gained from watching the thrilling Wimbledon final between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic. Murray was the last person before Alcaraz to defeat Djokovic on Centre Court back in 2013, thus his insight on this topic becomes very valuable. Watching Alcaraz’s stunning victory over the 23-time Grand Slam champion made a lasting impression on Murray.
“I learned a lot watching them both,” shared Murray at the press conference. He revealed that, in retrospect, he wishes he had spent more time watching tournaments in his career. In response to Murray’s revelation, Ivan Ljubičić took to Twitter to praise the “manual” for players who want to understand the art that is tennis.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 1, 2023
Ljubicic, who coached Roger Federer, expressed concern that today’s young players rely heavily on game highlights rather than watching full matches. Ljubicic tweeted his two cents on the thought: “This is for the ‘manual’ on HOW to watch tennis matches if you’re a player. Today I find that young players are not watching enough tennis. If anything, highlights, which obviously don’t say anything about the match. So much can be learned from matches of other players”
This is for the ‘manual’ on HOW to watch tennis matches if you’re a player. Today I find that young players are not watching enough tennis. If anything, highlights, which obviously don’t say anything about the match. So much can be learned from matches of other players https://t.co/deqJ9iZXbo
— Ivan Ljubicic (@theljubicic) August 2, 2023
Watching a full tennis match is more than just entertainment; it’s a treasure trove of knowledge that can unlock hidden potential for players. Watching the strategies, tactics and decision making of other players broadens the perspective of young talent and gives a deeper understanding of the game. Andy Murray’s candid thoughts on the Wimbledon final and Ivan Ljubičić’s impassioned appeal to the next generation of players are stark reminders of the importance of watching a full match.