Andy Murray Pondering Break As Attention Switches To His Hip
World No.1 Andy Murray has been left thinking about what his next move on the tour is after he crashed out of Wimbledon to America’s Sam Querrey.
The 2016 champion faded away as the match progressed with his physicality hindering his performance. During the early stages, Murray was leading Querrey by a set and a break before drifting away. Suffering his biggest loss (in terms of ranking) ever at the tournament.
“I think I had chances in the first three sets.” Said Murray. “I mean, the second set, I think I was up 4-3, then got broken twice there. That obviously turned out to be quite an important part of the match.’
“I did manage to win the third. Maybe I could have got the match done in three sets there had I closed out the second after getting the break”
Leading into Wimbledon, the Brit has been blighted by a recurring hip problem. He is reluctant disclosing information about what the specific issue is, branding the it as ‘wear and tear.’ Leading into the tournament, he missed an exhibition tournament due to a ‘sore hip.’ Nevertheless, the top seed was determined to play at Wimbledon, even though he admits that he was ‘playing with pain’ in all of his matches.
“The whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore. But I tried my best right to the end. You know, gave everything I had. I’m proud about that.”
It isn’t all doom and gloom for Murray, who insisted that his recent participation will not cause any further damage to his hip. Leaving everybody guessing how serious the issue is. Towards the end of his quarter-final match, Murray’s intensity in his shot-making rapidly declined. Allowing his rival to stroll towards the finish line.
The next step
There will be no rest for Murray. During his press conference, the 30-year-old revealed that he and his team will start setting up a plan tomorrow ahead of the US Open. Murray currently has no idea about what the next few weeks will entail for him, but he is refusing to rule out a break.
“I’ll get the best advice I can, then stick with that. If it means, you know, taking a few weeks’ rest, then so be it.” He explained.
According to his schedule, Murray is set to play only two tournaments before the US Open. The first will occur in the second week of August at the Rogers Cup in Canada.
Novak Djokovic could have dethroned the Brit from the top of the Emirates rankings if he had won Wimbledon. It is likely to happen during the North American swing of the tour. It comes after what has been a roller coaster past six months for the Murray, where he has suffered disappointing losses in Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome and Queen’s.
“I haven’t played well enough this year to deserve to stay there for much longer. If it doesn’t happen by the end of this tournament, it will happen, you know, by the end of the US Open.” He said about the No.1 position.
Murray exits Wimbledon with a total of 7750 ranking points.