‘He’s going to have one last hurrah’ – Andy Murray backed by Grand Slam great to contend for Wimbledon title
Grand Slam legend John McEnroe has claimed that Andy Murray can “have one last hurrah” and win Wimbledon as the American argued that if Murray is physically fit “you can’t count him out against anyone.”
The Scot was looking like his old self and in good form as he recorded wins over world number six Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios en route to a first ATP final in three years at the Stuttgart Open.
However, during the final in Germany against Matteo Berrettini, Murray sustained the abdominal injury which forced him out of Queen’s as he was even unable to serve properly during the final set decider in Stuttgart.
Despite the injury, Murray, who has not won a grass-court title since his second Wimbledon title back in 2016, is set to participate in this year’s tournament.
With notable absentees from the entry list including the top two in the world – Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev – many believe that Andy Murray is in with a chance of winning a fourth Grand Slam title.
Discussing the possibility of the former world number one winning the coveted Gentlemen’s Singles trophy, four-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe claimed that it is “entirely conceivable” for it to happen.
The American told reporters, “If Murray’s fit, I absolutely believe he is one of the contenders. I actually believe he’d be one of a handful of guys that could win it. I don’t know if he is fully fit.
“Maybe he doesn’t even know that. But he’s got loads of experience. He knows how to play better than almost anyone on that surface.
“He’s prepared himself well, I believe, for that very moment. Obviously if he’s looking at Rafa and Novak, he’s got to be thinking, he’s going to have one last hurrah, I believe. I think that’s entirely conceivable. What I don’t know is how you know how close to 100% he is.
“Honestly, if he’s at 90% of the level of what he was, I think he’d beat all but like four to six people, if he was 90%. If he’s 100%, which is hard to believe that he is, but let’s just say he’s close to that, he could do anything.
“He could also lose early because you know, deep down how much does he believe, you know, believe he can do it? How far back is he, these are the things to which we don’t know the answers.
“He may not know the answer to them. So it’s sort of exciting because it puts him back in the mix, which I think he deserves.”
(Photo credit: Paul Zimmer)
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