“Would Never Exclude Him”: Stan Wawrinka’s Coach Reflects on Andy Murray’s Comeback in 2021

Published 12/04/2020, 7:00 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: Andy Murray of Great Britian poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


Andy Murray has entertained many tennis fans over the last decade. After living in the shadow of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, the former World No. 1 did have his moments. It took Murray around eight years to emerge on top of the rankings after having made it in the ‘top 4’.

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When Andy won his first-ever Slam at the US Open in 2012, he was finally relieved. After having made it to a number of finals at the majors, Murray finally got his hands on the greatest honor a player could win. In 2013, after 77 long years, Andy won British hearts as he was crowned champion of Wimbledon. 

In recent years, Andy has had issues with regard to his hip. Constant injuries and the requirement of surgeries have been a roadblock in his career. He has come back on tour, but the results have not been as satisfactory as they once were.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL : Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with his Gold medal after defeating Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the Men’s singles final at Olympic Tennis Centre on in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Daniel Vallverdu: It’s nice to see Andy Murray compete

Not long ago, Andy’s former coach Daniel Vallverdu said, “We’re all very lucky to be able to have him around and not just in the locker room but to see him compete. It’s pretty amazing what he does, coming back from the kind of injury he had.”

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Vallverdu currently is in Stan Wawrinka‘s camp. Besides Andy and Stan, he has been associated with top players like Dimitrov, Berdych, and del Potro. He remains optimistic and expects Murray to bounce back on the court.

Daniel said, “I would never exclude him. As long as he’s able to stay in shape, without too much pain, I wouldn’t be surprised if Andy performs really well next year. It’s hard to say what’s going to happen, but I think he will be competing against the best and also in the big tournaments.”

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Andy has had quite a glittering career so far. He’s won two Wimbledon titles along with his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. Murray is also a 2-time Olympic gold medalist. If Andy can make it back again to the top, it will be one of the greatest comebacks in sports. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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