Andy Murray - Wimbledon 2023

Andy Murray ‘will always be dangerous in the majors’ claims former No.1

Andy Murray has been backed to move back towards the ATP top 10 by seven-time major winner Mats Wilander, who believes the Brit ‘will always be dangerous in the majors’.

Murray is coming off the back of a ‘very disappointing’ second round defeat at Wimbledon to Stefanos Tsitsipas, where he was two-sets-to-one up before the 11pm curfew forced the match to be completed the next day.

Despite the setback, Wilander believes that if Murray is committed he can keep contending, “Realistically for Andy Murray, it’s just to be able to get up in the morning, and being able to practise as hard as he needs to, as hard as he can.

“So to maintain the level where he is at, and actually go up a level as well, if he is going to contend in these tournaments. I think he’s going to keep working away, it’s a tough out for anyone. He obviously loves the competition.”

Murray hasn’t been inside the top 20 of the world rankings since February 2018, but Wilander believes that he can do so and maybe even push towards the top 10.

“Wimbledon must have been very disappointing for him in a way, but then again he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who was ranked fifth at the time, so Murray, where can he get to?” questioned Wilander.

He continued, “I think he must believe he can get back to somewhere between 10 and 20 in the world, and I would have to agree with that call in a way. I think he can, I think he will always be dangerous in the majors.

“Of course, he’s going to have to go down in the smaller tournaments and win matches to get his ranking up, but the ranking is almost irrelevant for Murray.”

Murray will now look ahead to the US Open, with the 36-year-old currently entered into upcoming warm-up events in Washington and Toronto.

Andy Murray at Grand Slams

Despite Murray still having ambitions to compete at major tournaments, he is yet to surpass the third round of any since his first hip surgery in January 2018.

We at Tennishead have compared his Grand Slam records pre and post-surgery:

Murray win-loss record at Grand Slams pre-hip surgery: 188-43 (81%)

Murray win-loss record at Grand Slams post-hip surgery: 11-11 (50%)

Australian Open

Best Result pre-surgery: Final (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)

Best Result post-surgery: Third Round (2023)

Roland Garros

Best Result pre-surgery: Final (2016)

Best Result post-surgery: First Round (2020)


Best Result pre-surgery: Won (2013 & 2016)

Best Result post-surgery: Third Round (2021)

US Open

Best Result pre-surgery: Won (2012)

Best Result post-surgery: Third Round (2022)

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.