John Newcombe: Andy Murray unlikely to compete consistently with the best again

Andy Murray

John Newcombe feels that Andy Murray “is not going to get any better” at tennis and is unlikely to compete consistently with the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer again.

After undergoing hip resurfacing surgery at the start of 2019, Murray made a successful return during the second half of the season and went on to the European Open in October, his first title since the start of 2017.

However, he picked up an injury during the Davis Cup and is yet to set foot on court again as he has pulled out of a string of tournaments, including the Australian Open.

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His return date is yet to be confirmed, but seven-time Grand Slam winner Newcombe warns he just won’t be the same ever again.

“I don’t see how Andy Murray can ever get back to being the player he was given his age and the chronic nature of his hip injury,” the three-time Wimbledon winner told Herald and Times Sport.

“At his age it takes longer to recover so I don’t believe he can win more Grand Slam tournaments and compete consistently with the likes of Djokovic, Nadal, and even Federer who is in the twilight of his career.

“I predicted about 10 years ago that Andy would retire having won two or three majors and he’s done exactly that.

“But he suffered a bad injury and at 32 he’s not going to get any better.”

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