“One Last Chance”: Ex-coach Reveals the Tournament Andy Murray Needs to Target in 2022

Published 11/01/2021, 2:43 PM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) reacts after winning a point during his second round match against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The recent exploits of Andy Murray on the ATP tour has proved one and all that the Brit is here to stay even if his ranking says otherwise. At this phase, Murray’s position on the singles rankings is irrelevant as he tries to bag as many matches as possible before the start of the Australian Open next year.

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Now, former tennis player and Murray’s ex-coach Alex Corretja hailed the Brit for producing top-notch tennis on the big stage.

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Ex-coach Alex Corretja hails Andy Murray for putting up a strong comeback on ATP tour

What Andy is doing is just a miracle. We thought he was over and somehow he managed to be there again. I’m very impressed by his efforts”, Corretja told Eurosport.

The Spanish player believed that Murray’s career was over post metal hip replacement but he was shocked to see the Brit’s transformation and commitment to play the sport.

Whatever he does is just unbelievable because honestly, from what we said and what we saw, we thought his career was over and he’s still hanging in there fighting, winning good matches”, continued the Spaniard.

Oct 12, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) hits a shot against Alexander Zverev (GER) during a third round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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The former coach also suggested the right tournament for Andy Murray to make an impact next year.

I think if I were him, I would be targeting Wimbledon to be at my best because before that, it is not going to be easy, but if he has one last chance at doing something good in a Slam, it could be Wimbledon”. 

Even though Murray lost most of his matches during his comeback on tour this year, the way he was able to produce a fight back in almost all of the contests was exemplary, to say the least.

Corretja expresses doubt over Murray’s consistency at major events next year

After losing out to Carlos Alcaraz in the second round at Vienna Open, the former world no.1 decided to take up the wild-card offered by the Rolex Paris Masters event. Murray faces Germany’s Dominik Koepfer in the opening round.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 22, 2021 Andy Murray of Britain during training. REUTERS/Mike Segar

However, the problem that might arise with Murray is consistency, especially after a long match at a grand slam. ‘Can the Brit be able to continuously play and win tough matches at big events?’ remains the real question and even Corretja had felt the same.

The problem is, how can you keep that for maybe two weeks playing best of five or like at an ATP 1000, where you need to play tough matches every day? That’s a little bit tricky. When you’ve been number one, something or anything can happen”, concluded the Spaniard.

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No matter what happens to Andy Murray’s run at majors next year, the resolve he showed to play top-level tennis during the tail-end of this year will always be remembered by players and fans alike.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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