Andy Murray close to a historic milestone

A week ago it would have been unthinkable to see Andy Murray participate in Wimbledon

by Simone Brugnoli
Andy Murray close to a historic milestone
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A week ago it would have been unthinkable to see Andy Murray participate in Wimbledon, in what should really be his last appearance. The former world number one retired during the match with Jordan Thompson at the Queen’s tournament and was then forced to have surgery for a back cyst.

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ATP, perhaps too hastily. had announced the forfeiture of the two-time champion on the grounds of the All England Club writing: "After an operation on a spinal cyst, Andy Murray is sadly out of Wimbledon".

News then denied by the entourage of the former number one in the world.

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An opportunity that Andy does not want to miss: "I feel that I deserve the opportunity to go forward until the last moment to make the decision. It’s complicated, and it’s even more complicated because I want to play Wimbledon one last time.

For what I’ve invested in sports over the past few years, I’d at least like to get out of the picture playing a real game, where I’m at least competitive, not like Queen’s did." Should Murray decide to participate in the 16th main draw in London, he would set a real record for his country, thus becoming the British player with the most appearances, surpassing Jeremy Bates (15).

A source of great pride for the 2-time Wimbledon champion, who could thus end his glorious career.

Former world number one, John McEnroe, who gave away big words for the three-time Grand Slam champion, spoke about the current situation of Dunblane’s native.

"He deserves a statue. If I had to make that decision, I would say absolutely yes, because it’s 77 long years (the last Briton to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936). It has completely changed the way people see British tennis.

He’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen playing tennis. It would be well deserved and impressive, because two of his three Grand Slam victories came at Wimbledon, not to mention the gold medal in London in 2012.”

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