Andy Murray still has the “fire in his belly” to “be a force to be reckoned with”.
That is the opinion of legend Chris Evert.
I love the fact that he has that faith in himself and his game is there. If he is 100 per cent healthy and moving well, Andy can still be a force to be reckoned with, there is no doubt about it Chris Evert
Murray, 34, who has had a groin problem, is battling to return to Grand Slam tennis at Wimbledon.
And he is aiming for a warm-up at Queen’s Club from 12 June after withdrawing from the Nottingham Open, which follows him turning down a wild card into the French Open.
The two-time champion of London SW19 recently played doubles at the Italian Open in Rome with fellow Brit Liam Broady. He made the second round in his first competitive outing since the start of March when he pulled out of the Miami Open due to injury.
Former world No.1 Murray has been on a stop-start comeback trail since being side-lined with a hip problem following a Wimbledon quarter-final defeat against American Sam Querrey in 2017. The Scot, who has only played singles in two ATP tournaments in 2021, has said his physical setbacks following hip resurfacing surgery two years ago have been “frustrating”.
But Evert believes the double Olympic champion can silence those who doubt he can be a hit once again on grass.
Evert, a Eurosport pundit, said: “He feels the tank isn’t empty yet. He’s still competitive, he still has the fire in his belly. Having injuries gives you that fire because you want to come back and you feel the injustice of why these issues keep happening to you.
“I love the fact that he has that faith in himself and his game is there. If he is 100 per cent healthy and moving well, Andy can still be a force to be reckoned with, there is no doubt about it.”
“Players at that level of the game just want to end their careers on their own terms. That’s why he keeps giving himself one more shot.”
Murray has been practising at the All England Club to get tournament-fit.
*Evert quotes from Tennis365.