Andy Murray has entered the qualifying rounds of the French Open 2021 as he targets a comeback at Wimbledon later this year. The British tennis star hasn’t strung together a notable run of tournaments since 2019; that was the year he won the Antwerp Open. However, he also underwent a complicated surgery to rectify a hip issue in 2019 and now has a metal hip. This means that any injuries around the area need to be carefully treated. He was meant to make a comeback in the Miami Open earlier this year but a groin injury put end to those plans.
The Scot was also forced to miss the Australian Open 2021 after contracting the coronavirus. He admits that the recent issues have been frustrating but is happy the issues aren’t serious.
“It’s just been another frustrating stop-start period. The positive thing is it’s nothing very serious,” he said.
Murray was on court during the previous week and will have to decide his course of action soon. He needs a wildcard to play in the Madrid Open set to start next week.
Murray had played in the French Open last year but only as a wildcard entry. He lost the first round match against Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.
Murray’s last Grand Slam win came, incidentally, at Wimbledon. However, that was five years ago and there remain doubts as to how much time Murray has left.
He turns 34 in May and although his hip surgeries helped him get rid of hip issues, he has been plagued by injuries ever since.
Playing the qualifiers should help him get some much-needed match time under his belt. There will also be plenty of interest in seeing the Brit in Wimbledon.
His recent form in Grand Slams, however, remains uninspiring. His first round US Open match in 2020 saw him come back from two sets down to defeat Yoshihito Nishioka. He then lost to Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets in the next round.
His aforementioned loss to Wawrinka all but ensured that 2020 ended with a whimper. However, Murray’s experience and know-how might well see him cause a few upsets in the coming times.