Andy Murray‘s documentary Andy Murray: Resurfacing, chronicles one of 2019’s greatest sports stories. From a tearful announcement that his career might be ending following a major hip surgery to winning an ATP title less than a year later, his story is one of true courage and determination.
The former world number one’s emotional journey is being aired on Amazon Prime.
The documentary gives us a peek into Murray’s childhood. He studied at Dunblane Primary school where the infamous child shootings of 1996 took place. The person convicted of the killings was known to the Murray family. Thus, the experience was particularly hard for Andy Murray who struggled to recover from it.
Within 12 months of that happening, his parents got divorced. Murray reveals how it was difficult for him to make sense of whatever was happening around him.
Six to twelve months after that, his brother moved away from home. He went to train to play tennis. As the two brothers were really close, it was a huge setback for Murray.
Tennis worked as an escape for Murray. Murray says that the tennis court allows him to be the child that has all these questions. The importance of tennis for him comes from this.
Murray recounts how he was scared about the prospect of retiring because he did not know what he would do next in his life.
“I”ve always had a structure to my day”, he says. “It doesn’t matter how sick or injured I’ve been, I’ve never called up and said: ‘I’m not coming in today.’ That’s something that I worry about, not having that structure. It’s a very young age to lose something that you’ve had for your whole life. I worry about that.”
Murray’s wife, Kim, describes him as “a sad shadow of what he used to be” after his much-awaited return in June 2018. He had a keyhole surgery in January 2018. After his marathon victory in Washington over Marius Copil in Washington, Murray was in tears and admitted that he felt his career is ending.
Murray’s surgeon, Sarah Muirhead-Allwood is featured in the film as she advises Murray to refrain from tennis after his hip resurfacing surgery. She tells her how playing tennis can ‘destroy his hip’.
However, as we all know, Andy Murray made his much-awaited return to tennis in June 2019. He won his first singles title since undergoing two hip surgeries by claiming the European Open. The gritty Britisher defeated Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the finals of a tournament in Antwerp, Belgium.
Andy Murray’s documentary highlights the struggles of the tennis star whose claims to greatness have been often contested. While his fans consider him to be part of an unlucky generation that gave him immense competition in the form of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, his critics question his ability to convert his talent and potential into Grand Slam titles.
However, when you catch a glimpse of his struggles on Amazon Prime, the star proves why he commands respect just for the sheer resilience that has been a characteristic of his personality throughout his career.
Arguably, he has already carved a niche for himself in the hall of fame of tennis greats