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Greg Rusedski believes Andy Murray may decide whether to continue touring or retire from tennis in 2022; the Scot is playing with a metal hip after two surgeries; contracted COVID-19 and suffered a “strange” groin injury he suffered in his sleep before this year’s Miami Open
Last updated: 04/11/21 8:27 am
Greg Rusedski believes 2022 will be a defining year in Andy Murray’s career.
The former world number one has enjoyed a long run of matches on the men’s ATP Tour since the US Open, where he took one of the game’s rising stars Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets, but failed to make a deep run in any. of them due to being ranked outside the top 100.
He has played tournaments in Metz, San Diego, Indian Wells, Antwerp, Vienna and Paris, while the Scotsman confirmed next week The Stockholm Open will be the last of the season.
Murray was a little unfortunate in the fact that he faced the top 20 players at the start of the tournaments. He lost to Hubert Hurkacz, Casper Ruud, Alexander Zverev and Diego Schwartzman, but his defeat to No. 58 of the German world Dominik Koepfer in Paris “disappointed” Rusedski more due to the nature of his defeat.
“I think in 2022 we will know what Andy Murray will do. Will he continue touring or will it be his last year?”
Greg Rusedski on Andy Murray
“It gets harder every year, because this project has been going on for four years and the signs looked really good from the US Open to Paris, but his defeat to Dominik Koepfer was a bit disappointing to be honest,” The former number 1 of the British men, Rusedski, said.
“Physically his physique didn’t really warm up for the first set and a bit. When his opponent served for the game at 5-4, he wasn’t moving well, he wasn’t hitting the ball well. And he had seven match points and I couldn’t find a way to get through that game, so I think it’s going to be a tough road to get back to where he wants.
“He says ‘I won’t be happy to lose in the second and third rounds.’ The problem he will have is that he will not be seeded in these events, he is 144 in the world and to increase his ranking he is going to have to beat two or three top 10 ones. behind the other, especially in these Masters Series events.
“I commend him for all the hard work he’s doing, but he must be extremely frustrated because he’s not getting the results he wants out there even though his tennis is improving.”
Rusedski, who will play alongside many game legends at Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall later this month, thinks Murray could make a decisive career decision next year.
The two-time Wimbledon champion is currently planning to rest and recover in the off-season before heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open, which begins on January 17. He was forced to skip the Grand Slam earlier this year after catching COVID-19.
He said: “I think in 2022 we will know what Andy Murray will do. Will he continue touring or will it be his last year? I think this is kind of a season that will determine how much longer we will see that great champion.
“Next year will allow him to make the decision he wants because he will look back on this year and say: ‘I trained very hard in the off season, I was very unlucky I caught COVID, so I was ready for the Australian. Open. ‘, which is one of his favorite tournaments, has reached the final on six occasions and just didn’t have the momentum he was hoping for.
“Now with the lifting of the restrictions, now that you are vaccinated and traveling has become a little easier without quarantine, there are really no excuses. He may have a season where he can travel, choose his events, hopefully stay physically. strong and can make a decision on what he wants to do because at 34 nothing is easier, trust me!
“During my generation over 30 there was the bonus time, today they play until the mid-30s. With all the injuries he had to recover it becomes more and more difficult.”
Greg Rusedski will play in Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, the final of the ATP Champions Tour, between 25 and 28 November. Tickets available on www.atpchampionstour.com/london