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‘He must love everything about the game’ – Former British number one hails Andy Murray motivation

Andrew Castle has praised Andy Murray for his continued charge to return to the top ranks of the ATP tour.

While some might question why the three-time Slam champion would push through so many tough injury battles in the past few years, former British number one Castle appreciates Murray’s drive.

This week, Murray broke back into the to the ATP top 100 for the first time since June 2018 and is currently ranked 95th in the world.

“He doesn’t want to give up and I completely understand that,” Castle said in a recent interview.

“If you don’t love the game, forget about it.

“So he must love the game.

“He loves winning, competing, trying his best in training.

“You have to love all aspects of it.”

That much is clear for Murray, the 34-year-old enduring multiple surgeries, including a hip resurfacing, to return to the rigours of the men’s tour.

Castle further explained that while he understands Murray’s perseverance as a competitor, he is unsure what the biggest motivating factor is for the former world number one.

“With Andy, I don’t know what the driving force is, but you are never going to be able to go back and do this again, so it is a mature attitude to stay with it,” he said.

“He can still conduct his other business activities and build other areas of his life and still do this.

“Let’s be honest, 34 is not old and his body can keep going it seems.”

Murray is back on tour for the first time since the Australian Open at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

He faces world number 31 Alexander Bublik in the first round of the ATP 500 tournament.

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