“Is It Worth It?”: Andy Murray Gutted With Worst Loss at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/02/2021, 11:26 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Great Britain’s Andy Murray leaves court after losing his third round match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Two-time champion Andy Murray filled hope in British fans after he cruised to two victories at Wimbledon Championships 2021. However, the 22-year-old Denis Shapovalov brought his and all the UK’s hope to an end in the third round. Andy lost 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, registering his worst result at the All England Club.

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Unquestionably, the young Canadian played the match of his life against his childhood idol. Yet, a tired Andy let Denis dominate and control the entire match without asking any hard questions. It has now left the Scot in a dilemma.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Great Britain’s Andy Murray reacts during his third round match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Before the tournament began, the tennis world had many doubts over the three-time Grand Slam champion’s campaign. He answered them loudly with his wins over Nikoloz Basilashvili and Oscar Otte. Even so, Murray wanted more and is now left disappointed with his performance.

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Inarguably, there were numerous moments throughout his Wimbledon campaign where fans witnessed the old Murray again. Also, his fighting spirit filled many with ever-lasting inspiration.

However, nothing of that sort found the surface during his match against Shapovalov, apart from a half comeback in the first set.

Undoubtedly, the 34-year-old had invested his all to do well in this tournament, from rehabbing to training for more than three months. Yet, it was far from what he expected.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Great Britain’s Andy Murray reacts during his third round match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Consequently, Murray made a startling revelation in his post-match press conference. Not only did he feel utterly disappointed with his performance, he even questioned his career ahead.

“There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and ultimately didn’t play how I would want and expect, and it’s like is it worth it?” Murray said.

It sums up the weight of the defeat the Scot suffered against Shapovalov. Andy had never lost in the third round at Wimbledon since 2007.

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Notably, Murray is a two-time Olympics Gold medalist in singles. He will look forward to retaining it for the third time.

On a larger scale, the former World No.1 has to find his motivation again to keep competing on the ATP Tour. Hopefully, fans will see Murray back on the court soon, with a renewed vigor. However, his words ‘is this worth it’?’ would haunt many fans for months to come.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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