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Anger, Frustration And Honesty: Andy Murray Reacts To Earliest-Ever Wimbledon Exit

The former world No.1 opens up about his latest loss, recent injury struggles and his future.



Andy Murray (GBR) - Credit: AELTC/Florian Eisele

Andy Murray admits he doesn’t know how much longer he can continue playing but has vowed to keep on going after crashing out of Wimbledon on Wednesday.

The two-time champion put up a valiant fight before falling 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-4, to John Isner in what was a match of very fine margins. Murray dropped serve only twice in the 198-minute encounter and won more than 80% of his first service points. But it was still not enough to derail his American rival who holds the record for the longest tennis match in history and the longest to be ever played on Center Court. Regularly serving above 130 mph, Isner produced a staggering 36 aces to go alongside his 82 winners.

It is the first time the 35-year-old has ever lost to Isner after getting the better of him on eight previous occasions. He could easily blame the outcome on the service performance of his opponent but Murray refuses to let that be an excuse.

“I’ve played many times against those players (with a fast serve) and found ways to get enough balls back, make enough returns to turn the matches, whether that’s been against Karlovic, Isner, Raonic, those sorts of guys. I’ve done well against them.” Murray said during his press conference.
“Tonight he (Isner) served well and was very close to the lines in important moments. When he does that, it doesn’t always matter what you’re trying to do.”

Murray’s defeat brings to an end a run of never losing before the second round in his 13 previous Wimbledon appearances. He has won a total of 60 matches which places him sixth on the Open Era all-time list for most wins.

It is the latest disappointment for the Brit who recently reached his first Tour final since January but only to suffer an abdominal issue whilst playing in it. This resulted in him being unable to serve for a total of 10 days, far from ideal preparation for the grass-court major.

“It’s frustrating because I was in a good place with my game. The injury didn’t help. The positive is that physically I was fine during the matches (at Wimbledon). I just couldn’t quite get the win today.” He commented.

This year’s Wimbledon is the seventh Grand Slam Murray has featured in since 2019. Out of those, only once has he been able to claim back-to-back wins, which was 12 months ago at SW19 when he lost to Denis Shapovalov. Now in his mid-thirties life on the Tour will only get harder as it does for everybody else.

Yet, Murray is like he is on the court – resilient and willing to fight until the end.

“This year my game was certainly in a better place (than 2021). Physically I felt good, barring the sort of 10 days post-Stuttgart.” Murray states.
“I could have had a good run (at Wimbledon). One of the reasons why improving your ranking and trying to get seeded is important, avoid playing top players and dangerous guys like that early in tournaments.’
“Who knows what would have happened. Yeah, it’s frustrating for different reasons.”

One of the factors motivating Murray for the future is his desire to be seeded at a Grand Slam once again. Something that hasn’t happened since 2017. As for the longer term, he admits that is still up in the air and so is the likelihood of him playing Wimbledon again next year.

“It’s extremely difficult with the problems I’ve had with my body in the last few years to make long-term predictions about how I’m going to be even in a few weeks’ time, never mind in a year’s time,” Murray explains.
“If physically I’m in a good place, yeah, I will continue to play. But it’s not easy to keep my body in optimal condition to compete at the highest level.”

Whatever happens in the future, Murray knows he has the support and admiration of his peers. Something which Isner echoed during his press conference.

“To be able to win on Center against Andy Murray is something I’ll certainly remember forever. This is why I still play, it’s why I still work hard. So I’m still eager to get up in the morning and work out and get my body feeling right, to have moments like that.” He said.

Murray is currently ranked 52nd in the world.


Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream



Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid



Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon



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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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