“Need to Give Him the Chance”: Former Grand Slam Finalist Backs Andy Murray After Recent Backlash

Published 09/28/2020, 2:22 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France. Britain’s Andy Murray during his first round match against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka REUTERS/Charles Platiau


Former World No.1 Andy Murray faced a horror show at Roland Garros. The former world number one slipped to a straight-set defeat to three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round of French Open 2020. Post that, certain comments from Former Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander caused a major controversy.

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Mats Wilander had accused Andy Murray of taking away opportunities from the young players by accepting a wild card at French Open 2020. Wilander said Murray was giving a “false sense of hope” of a successful return to his prime.

Andy Murray reacts after losing his first-round match against Stan Wawrinka at French Open 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

In response to Wilander’s comments, former Grand Slam finalist Alex Corretja asked people to give Murray a chance before passing judgments.

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“I totally understand that Andy is trying to get back to his best, I’m sure he knows it will be very difficult, but you need to give him the chance to see if he at least feels better on the court, no matter if he wins slams again or not, and try to enjoy the rest of his career,” Corretja said.

Alex Corretja on why Andy Murray might be struggling

Corretja further said that lack of match practice because of various circumstances hasn’t helped Murray. Hence, he shouldn’t be judged on his current performances.

“In my opinion, playing best-of-five on clay in these conditions after such a long time without playing matches, in two-and-a-half years where he hasn’t played much, is not a reference.”

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Andy Murray reacts after losing his first-round match against Stan Wawrinka REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Corretja had coached Andy Murray from 2008 to 2011. Back then, Murray was hitting his prime. However, hip replacement surgeries and the tennis break have made it very tough for Murray to replicate his peak. Moreover, as Corretja explained, lack of match practice pulls him further down.

Murray won his first Grand Slam match in two years at US Open 2020 but failed to pass the 2nd round.

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Murray’s camp hasn’t given any hints of a retirement. Moreover, he has repeatedly expressed his happiness at being able to play tennis even when with his career-threatening surgeries.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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