Murray is concentrated on Wimbledon in entrance of the followers
The second of the four tennis grand slams is currently running – the French Open at Roland Garros. But it won’t be long before the All England Club reopens its doors after Wimbledon was postponed last year.
One man looking to return to men’s singles in SW19 is Andy Murray. The Scot, who previously won Wimbledon twice (2013 and 2016), did not appear in singles in the last two tournaments – although he played in men’s doubles and mixed doubles in 2019.
The former was his first appearance since 2005, and he made it past the first round, but he and his partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert were knocked out by the sixth set in the following round. As is well known, he played in mixed doubles with Serena Williams, but the duo was eliminated in the third round with number one.
It was recently revealed that Murray had retired from the French Open to focus on the lawn season and Wimbledon. While it’s fair to say that Wimbledon 2021 odds aren’t in Murray’s favor when it comes to winning the men’s singles – and he’s been found at a price of 25/1 – it has been some tough years for the injured 34 -year-old. Having the fans on Murray Mound – and around the courts themselves – wanting him could prove to be the tonic.
Andy Murray has won the coveted Wimbledon crown twice (2013 and 2016). Photo credit: Debby Wong / Bigstock.com
The 2021 edition of Wimbledon kicks off June 28th – a week after the current restrictions are expected to be lifted in England – and while we’ve seen fans returning at other sporting events, Wimbledon will be no different. The official numbers are yet to be released, but at this point we could see the crowd at 30% capacity. Some fans are better than no fans and of course it would make a huge difference to the players on the pitch.
On the subject, Murray said, “At first I didn’t miss it that much (people), I was just pumped up to get back into competition. But over the weeks you play to play in front of a large audience and in a great atmosphere. I definitely missed that. “
Wimbledon has been a happy hunting ground for Murray over the years. In addition to his two titles, the Scot has reached the final three times. Between 2008 and 2017, he always made it to at least the quarter-finals – before missing the last two editions.
Andy Murray has won three Grand Slam singles titles. Photo credit: sportsphotographer.eu/Bigstock.com
The three-time Grand Slam winner recently returned to Rome at the Italian Open. Together with Liam Broady in doubles, the couple were eliminated in the round of 16. It was the first time Murray played in two months – he had to retire from the Miami Open in March.
And Murray declined the wildcard invitation to the Geneva Open, which was held last month – instead he chose either the Stuttgart Open or the Challenger in Nottingham – both events took place on grass.
He summed it up when he said, “I need to practice consistently (instead of) having those forced breaks.”
“The first thing is to be able to stand constantly on the practice area and then of course I have to get the matches. I don’t know how many matches there are. “