Former World No.1 Andy Murray has been doing his best to find his old form since hip surgery, but he often feels pain in his hip. Consequently, Brit could not play thoroughly, and questions have been raised over his future.
However, the former British No.1 Greg Rusedski said that Murray did outstanding following his hip surgery. At the same time, claiming titles at significant events like Masters and Grand Slam is unrealistic.
Former World No.4 also believed that the three-time Grand Slam champion would answer the questions over his retirement by the end of this season.
“You have to look at what he has been through over the last four years,” Rusedski expressed in a recent interview.
“It’s great to see him winning some matches again, but the problem is we are comparing him to the guy in 2016, and that’s not the player he is now.”
“It’s phenomenal what he did to win a tournament after hip surgery in 2018 and what we saw from him in Cincinnati last week was encouraging, but to go on and win these big events at the Master 1000 level or the US Open is unrealistic.”
“It’s also disrespectful to the next generation of players coming through because players like [Daniil] Medvedev, [Stefanos] Tsitispas and [Alexander] Zverev are great players, and they will start to win Grand Slams sooner rather than later.”
“For Andy to have a good run and get to the third or fourth round is a possibility, but the question is would that be enough for him to put the commitment and time into his game to reach that level? The only person who can answer that is himself.”
Murray Has Nothing More To Prove In Our Sport, says Greg Rusedski
The Grand Slam finalist continued, “I never had the success Andy has enjoyed with two Wimbledon titles, a US Open win, two Olympic gold medals, the Davis Cup… the list goes on and on. He’s had incredible accomplishments, but it is also about finding things in life after tennis.”
“He has spoken about trying to find the same buzz that he gets from the sport, but he can run events, play exhibitions, manage players. There is so much he could do, and he needs to figure that out for himself.”
“(Roger) Federer has said in public many times that if he feels he can’t win the majors anymore, he doesn’t want to play.”
“I worry about Andy’s health. I had injuries in my career, and it is tough to keep coming back. He has four kids, a beautiful wife, a great life out there for him, and he has nothing more to prove in our sport.”
“I hope that his body is okay after he concludes this adventure, and if it is, then we can all look back at his amazing career and appreciate Andy for what he brought to our sport.”
“Andy will get the answer he wants by the end of this year. If he can have a good run of being healthy from now to the Paris Masters, he will have his question answered.”
“He’s not had a chance to play consistently over the last four years because the injuries have affected him, and it must be mentally brutal trying to come back over and over again.”