Best is yet to come!
The end of Britain’s Wimbledon drought might only be the start of more good things to come for Andy Murray.
It might be the crowning moment of his career, but tennis’ world no.4 insists that his hunt for Grand Slam titles isn’t anywhere near over after finally capturing Wimbledon this year.
“There is something special about the Grand Slams that really appeals to me and I feel like I have a lot more to give, so hopefully I can keep challenging,” said Murray in a recent interview with MACO magazine, alifestyle publication.
“Winning Wimbledon to me is the pinnacle of tennis, however, the goal for me will always be the same, to keep winning.”
Murray made the comments in a question and answer segment in the magazine while he recovers from back surgery ahead of his much-awaited appearance in this month’s Dream Cup in Barbados.
But nothing could’ve been met with more anticipation than when Murray at long last put an end to his nation’s 77-year wait to win another men’s Wimbledon crown – a drought that date back to Fred Perry’s championship run in 1936.
And this was after Murray had quite a worrying wait to experience a Grand Slam breakthrough of his own, having lost four finals between 2008 and 2012 including a heart-breaking four-set defeat to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, in July last year.
However, the then 25-year-old Scot returned to the same venue just a couple of weeks later to beat Federer for the Olympic singles title, and seemingly gained confidence from the championship run as he finally broke through by upsetting Novak Djokovic in that year’s US Open final.
“The hard courts of New York have always been a special place for me,” admitted Murray when asked about his favourite surface to play on outside of the Wimbledon grass courts.
“After winning my first junior Grand Slam and my first senior [Grand] Slam at Flushing Meadows, it’s hard not to enjoy the courts every time I play on them [as] they hold some great memories.”
Now Murray will turn his attention to another set of hard courts – those of the Australian Open, where he has lost three of the last four finals, including a defeat to Djokovic this year.
But he will have to see if he is back to full fitness first, and there should be no better competition to test those fitness levels than former US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro, fellow top ten player Richard Gasquet and world no.13 Nicolas Almagro who are all set to appear in the Dream Cup.
“I’ll be spending the next few months getting my fitness back, so when I’m not on the court I’ll be in the gym or pilates studio,” said Murray.
“The matches [in Barbados] will be good fun, a very good standard in an unbelievable setting.”