Andy Murray news: Former world No 1 reveals who may inspire future British talent
With his career close to ending, former world No 1 Andy Murray has said that Emma Raducanu can be the person to inspire the next generation of British tennis stars.
The 34-year-old Murray has had a successful tennis career which has seen him winning two Wimbledon titles, one US Open and two Olympic Games gold medals. However, he has been struggling in recent years due to injury and is currently ranked no 84.
Murray’s best days as a professional tennis player are behind him but he still plans to continue playing the game for as long as possible. He is also planning to give back to the game at grassroots level, something his family are already doing.
“My mum is doing a lot of work actually, and working with grassroots tennis, and especially trying to get a lot of young girls playing tennis,” he told Moselle Open.
Murray has been the poster-child of British tennis for more than a decade and it certainly does look like Raducanu will be the player to finally succeed him. The youngster shot to fame last September by winning the US Open at the age of 18. In the process, she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
“It’s been difficult. Hopefully with Emma Raducanu’s success and stuff, that will get more younger people into the sport” added Murray.
Meanwhile, Murray is set to reunite with coach Ivan Lendl from April. It was under Lendl’s guidance that Murray enjoyed the best spells of his career. He coached the Brit over two stints between 2011-14 and 2016-17.
Things have not always gone well between Murray and his team. His short term stint with former coach Jan de Witt ended when he was dumped out of the Australian Open in the second round.
He also recalled an incident at the 2007 Moselle Open while working under coach Brad Gilbert as a youth.
“I remember losing in the final to Tommy Robredo,
“I had started that match unbelievably well, I won the first set 6-0 and then it didn’t go my way after that,” said Murray.
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