Another year and another Grand Slam from Andy Murray. A habit? Yes please!
The Brit provided us with an historic moment to cherish at Wimbledon this year. A word or two on that first; it was a huge achievement of hard work. The watching public purveyed relief of 77 years of pain, woeful misses and near misses.
You have got to watch THAT moment again, see below.
Following the SW19 glory Murray admitted that he struggled to motivate himself a bit. A disappointing US Open campaign was followed by a remarkable weekend in Umag with his fellow Brits.
GB emerged with a fantastic result from the Davis Cup tie on Croatian clay, returning to the World Group, with the 26-year-old proving to be the catalyst. It was the last time we saw him in action on court.
The clay wasn’t at all forgiving on Andy’s back, like it hadn’t been earlier in the year when he missed out on a shot at the French Open.
Lower back problems had teased him for a while, thus the decision was taken for him to have it operated on in order to prevent further injuries and protect it in the long-term. It seems like a sensible decision.
All the early indications suggest that he is recovering from the operation well – but we’re yet to see him in competitive action. The operation will shape his year – for the better, I hope, but a sluggish start could won’t help him; therefore I expect he’ll only be back when he is fully ready.
Clay courts have proven to be unpleasant and largely unsuccessful surroundings for Murray, in comparison to the other surfaces. This could help him become more fruitful on the red stuff.
Now with 2 Slams it really is a question whether he can tick off more and become a multiple champion that will be remembered in the way that other recent prodigies will be cherished. The Wimbledon champion is yet to reach the world number 1 ranking; it’s only a matter of time, surely. Another major or two will come in 2014 is my belief.
It will be fascinating to see how he returns. While I wait I will have to settle for reading his new book!
– Nathan Morley