Andy Murray returned to the Surbiton Trophy this week, a challenger event he hasn’t played in since he was 17. He foreshadows a successful run for Wimbledon this year with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over world number 125 Jurij Rodionov.
Murray is the only British player to have won three major singles titles in the last 45 years. The 35-year-old has won three Grand Slam singles titles, two at Wimbledon (2013 and 2016) and one at the US Open (2012), he has also reached eleven major finals. In 2016, he was ranked World No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals for 41 weeks.
The Glasgow native is currently ranked 67th in the world, which is quite exceptional given that the tennis player‘s career was almost over in 2019. Murray started having serious hip problems in 2017 and underwent two major surgeries . The recovery process meant he lacked form and fitness.
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But it was Murray’s passion for the sport that helped him quickly return to the tennis court. He hinted at a full recovery when he beat Stan Wawrinka in Antwerp at the end of 2019, earning him his first ATP Tour title since undergoing surgery. His recent performance on the pitch showed no signs of his past injury.
“I have high expectations for myself and I have ambitious goals,” he revealed after Rodionov’s win. “I’ve talked about it with my team but I won’t share it here. There should be a lot of expectations, though. The grass is my best surface, I feel strong and I will have prepared as best I can.
Murray’s next game is in suburban Surrey this week, followed by Germany, before returning to the UK to take part in Queens. It could be another defining year for Murray.