Andy Murray drops out from the Top 800 for the first time in his career!
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 11892
A former world number 1 and a three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray had made his debut on the ATP rankings list in July 2003 after reaching the quarter-final of Manchester Challenger, just two months after turning 16.
Two years later we could trace him in the Top 100 for the first time and he stayed there for almost 13 years, also spending 11 and a half years in the Top 20.12 months ago, Andy was still the world number 1 but the darkest clouds have gathered over his career, struggling with a hip injury and missing all the action after Wimbledon.
He had to undergo a surgery on January 8 this year in Melbourne (he was trying to make a comeback in Brisbane) and he is still on a recovery trail, playing only three matches so far in 2018 at Queen's and Eastbourne, earning one win.
That triumph over Stan Wawrinka in Eastbourne is the only for Andy in the last 52 weeks and with losing 360 points from last year's Wimbledon (he decided to miss the third Major of the season in order to make a full recovery) he now stands on just 20 points overall, dropping out from the Top 800 for the first time in his career! As we already said, he entered the ATP rankings list 15 years ago and it was a great debut, making the Top 800 and staying there ever since before this week.
Starting all over again from the rock bottom, Andy will try to improve his ranking as soon as possible, taking another few weeks off before returning in the first week of August in Washington and seven days later in Toronto Masters where he received a wild card.
Considering the fact he hasn't played for almost a year, Murray produced a solid tennis against Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawrinka and Kyle Edmund and it will be interesting to trace his progress and what will be his year-end ranking position.
He is pumped and determined to make the best possible comeback ad return where he belongs but it all depends on his physical shape and will he be able to avoid further injuries and problems that have cost him a lot in the last 12 months.
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