Murray Hopes To Finish 2021 Tennis Season With Form

Jake Cooper - 22 Sep 2021

Fitness, form and constancy are former world number one tennis player Andy Murray’s watchwords as he approaches the final months of the 2021 season. Murray faced Ugo Humbert at the ATP 250 tournament, the Moselle Open, in Metz on Tuesday.

The match marked the first time Murray has participated in the tournament since 2007. The player told reporters at a pre-match press conference that he needs to continue to improve his game and remain free from injury if he wants to reposition himself among the best players in the world.

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Andy Impresses At U.S. Open

Given Murray’s performance at the U.S. Open’s first round in August, the player’s not building castles in the air. He’s confident that he can do it, but he’s also under no illusions about the hard work that will take.

Last month saw Murray face Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, the current world number three, in a match that enthralled spectators and viewers. Despite a display of talent and skill that hasn’t been seen in Murray in recent years, he lost to Tsitsipas in five sets.

Murray Aims Higher

Speaking about his performance at the U.S. Open during the conference, the player said that, while his level of play was good, he did not achieve his desired outcome. He that he intended to try to maintain a high level of play, and to compete as much as possible before the end of the year.

Murray elaborated that only having a few days rather than weeks to prepare for tournaments will be challenging, which means he will have to do his best. One of his hopes for the rest of the season is to win consecutive matches, as that would reinforce his quest to regain his former stature in men’s tennis.

He went on to say that frequent matches will help him build up his strength and help his body readjust to regular high-level competition. Winning four or five matches in a week would have allowed him a week’s break, but that did not happen during recent tournaments. As a result, Murray wants to focus on playing.

Most recently, Murray’s participation in the ATP Challenger Tour came to an end on September 15, when he was beaten in straight sets at the Round of 16 stage in Rennes.

The 34-year-old holds three Grand Slam titles, two Wimbledon titles, and one U.S. Open title, and has played his way to 11 important finals. He missed the 2021 Australian Open after testing positive for Covid-19 in January.

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