‘He Should Keep Going’: Tomas Berdych Encourages Andy Murray To Continue Playing Tennis

Published 12/27/2021, 12:25 PM EST
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) hits a shot 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


British tennis player Andy Murray has been one of the few players who have managed to win consistently in the era of the ‘Big Three’. For a long time, Murray was competing at a level where it came to be known as the ‘Big Four’ comprising Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and himself. 

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However, injuries have kept him out of the game for a long time. Due to his long absences, he lost form and the other three surged ahead of him. Lately, Murray has again been competing regularly on the Tour and has been registering some impressive results as compared to the recent past. He has given the young guns a run for their money and nearly took out Tsitsipas in the opening round of the US Open. 

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Tomas Berdych is aware of the determination of Andy Murray 

Former tennis player Tomas Berdych recently spoke about Andy and had some encouraging words for him. Berdych felt that it is upon Andy to decide if he wants to play or not. He need not bother about money and titles but instead should be competing simply because he loves playing tennis. 

He stated, “I know him well. We’ve played each other throughout my whole career so if this is what makes him happy, satisfied, then he should keep going. That’s an advantage of tennis because these kinds of career decisions only really belong to you. Whatever you feel and whatever you want to do, you do it.”

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Sadly, the Czech player couldn’t do the same as his hip and back issues stopped him from being able to compete against the rest of the players. 

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 29: Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic returns a shot against Martin Klizan of Slovakia during their men’s singles second round on Day Five of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The former Wimbledon finalist added, “He knows chasing a Grand Slam title is not possible now, and making more money is not an issue for him, so it’s just the pure love of the sport and if he feels the level he’s at right now is enough for him then keep on playing, why not? I would probably be playing myself if my hip and lower back problems didn’t bother me and I had a solution to it.”

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Coming to tennis, Murray will be seen at the Australian Open. He received a wildcard and has been a finalist on five occasions. We wish him the best of luck and all eyes will be on him when he steps on the courts at Melbourne Park.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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