Andy Murray on his new racket, why he still believes he can win and what drives him on
Andy Murray never knows when he is beaten.
He has proved that time and again by defying medical science to make a return to action from what would normally have been a career-ending hip problem and now the former world No.1 is looking at 2022 as his ultimate year of redemption.
The two-time Wimbledon champion opened up to Eurosport in a compelling interview as he competes at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi and it was clear that his drive to get every last ounce from his tennis career has not waned.
Indeed, the sceptism from those who doubt him appears to give him fuel to continue, as he suggested his ambitions are high headed into 2022.
“I just want to get the most out of what I can, whilst I’m still able to do it,” stated Murray.
“I’ve spoken to many ex-players that have said, ‘When it’s gone, nothing will replace it. So enjoy it whilst you’re able to, play as long as you can’. Because I know a lot of players have stopped and kind of regret it when they could have kept going.
“I’ve had lots of people come up to me and say, ‘It’s inspirational that you keep trying, you keep fighting and you keep going’, and I guess that’s something that I would, probably when I finished playing, be remembered for.
“I’ve always kind of felt that way. I like it when people say that there’s something that I can’t do or something that I shouldn’t do. That motivates me a lot.”
Many have questioned whether Murray can still compete in best of five set Grand Slam events given his hip issues, but he insists that will be his primary focus next season.
“The biggest goal is to have a deep run in a Grand Slam and be in the quarter-finals, semi-finals of a Slam, have that sort of fairytale scenario where it’s like, ‘Could he do it again? Is it possible?'” he stated.
“Lots of people said to me, ‘Stop mentioning it, stop talking about metal hip’. And I’m like, ‘Why? It’s relevant’.
“The fact that I’m able to still do this, and compete with the best players in the world with a metal hip, I’m proud that I’m able to do that and I think there’s very few people that would be able to compete (like that).”
Murray also revealed he has started to use a new racket, after 20 years with his old Head frame.
“I just felt that I should be trying something that’s maybe a little bit easier to play with, a little bit more forgiving,” he added.
“Especially if I’m not moving quite as well as I was in the past and maybe I’m arriving slightly, just a split second later to some balls and I’m missing the centre of the racquet, it still gives me some help. But yes, it’s really not an easy thing to do.”
Murray beat Rafael Nadal in Abu Dhabi on Friday and will play the final of the event against Andrey Rublev live on Eurosport on Saturday from 3pm UK time.
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