Greg Rusedski: 2022 will be defining year of Andy Murray's career
by DZEVAD MESIC | VIEW 1889
Former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski thinks Andy Murray will have a clear picture of what to do after the 2022 season. Murray, a former world No. 1, has had two major hip surgeries since 2017. Since then, Murray hasn't been contending for the biggest titles but he has refused to quit.
"I think 2022 we will know what Andy Murray is going to do. Is he going to continue on tour or is it going to be his last year? I think this is kind of the season that's going to determine how much longer we're going to see of that great champion," Rusedski told Sky Sports.
"Next year is going to allow him to make the decision he wants because he will look back at this year and say, 'I trained really hard in the off-season, I was very unlucky I caught COVID so I was ready for the Australian Open', which is one of his favourite tournaments.
He reached the final on six occasions and he really didn't get that momentum he was hoping for."
Rusedski suggests no more excuses for Murray
"Now with restrictions being lifted, now that you're vaccinated and travelling has become a little bit easier without the quarantine, there's not really any excuse.
He can have a season where he can travel, choose his events, hopefully physically stay strong and he can make a decision on what he wants to do because at 34 years of age it doesn't get any easier, trust me!" Rusedski added.
"During my generation over 30 was bonus time, nowadays they're playing until the mid-30s. With all the injuries he's had to come back from it gets more and more difficult." Murray played at this week's Paris Masters, where he suffered a first round defeat.
Murray had a great chance to win his Paris opener but he lost after blowing seven match points against lucky loser Dominik Koepfer.