Andy Murray, a British tennis great who now plays with a metal hip, has evaluated his chances at Wimbledon in 2023.
After his career-saving hip surgery in 2019, the three-time Grand Slam winner, who won Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, has been on the upswing.
The former world No. 1 at age 35 has reached four ATP Finals since surgery, despite being told he wouldn’t play tennis professionally again.
Murray had a successful finals season in 2018 and is off to a good start in 2023 after finishing second to world No. 7 Daniil Medvedev on Saturday at the Qatar Open.
With that performance, he rose 18 spots to No. 52 in the world, but the next step for Murray would be a strong showing in a big competition, which is precisely what he is aiming for when the Championships return to SW19 in June.
According to Murray, fewer players seem to do well on grass at Wimbledon.
The fact that more of the men feel at ease on hard courts undoubtedly improves my prospects.
“I’m not saying I would expect to win the French Open [on clay] if I competed, but there is definitely a greater chance to make a long run with Wimbledon,” she said.
Yet, despite not training with Wimbledon in mind, I really really appreciate the way I’ve been practicing for the past four months.
I’m trying to keep my attention on each day and make the most of it. If I do that and have enough of those days, I think my game will be in really, very fantastic shape by Wimbledon.
I simply know that my game is at a completely different place now than it was this time last year.
‘Last year in Doha, I had one of my physically worst performances [losing 6-0, 6-1 to Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round]. I didn’t play well, I felt awful, and I wasn’t really sure what I was doing.