Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters has revealed that Andy Murray serves her as an inspiration as she is aiming to make a successful comeback to tennis. Clijsters, 38, hasn't played since last year's US Open but she is set to return to action at this week's WTA event in Chicag.
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, underwent two major hip surgeries since 2017. Murray is past his prime and far from his old level but still he is leaving it all on the court and refusing to just quit the game.
"Seeing Andy Murray and the way he speaks about his comeback and everything, it's so motivating and it gives you a lot of energy too," Clijsters said. "To see him go through the things he's gone through and be open about the challenges of it and the belief that he has, I feel like it's something I can relate to."
Murray aims a top-10 return
Murray, ranked at No. 109 in the world, hasn't been ranked inside the top-100 for a while. Murray would have returned to the top-100 had he beaten Hubert Hurkacz in the Metz quarterfinal last week.
“I think I played better this week than I did in Cincinnati and in Winston Salem,” Murray said after the Hurkacz loss. “I did play a pretty good match at the US Open. But like I said the other day, I’m not that interested in playing well and losing.
“I want to be winning these matches and I’ve certainly created enough opportunities to not necessarily win all of them, but to make it closer than what it has been and give myself a better chance of winning. So, yeah, I’m disappointed with that.
"My goal is not to get back in the top 100. I want to get back into the top 10 – [that] would be more something that would motivate me in terms of the goal”.