Will the Covid-19 break help Serena Williams and Andy Murray's resurgence?

by   |  VIEW 4592

Will the Covid-19 break help Serena Williams and Andy Murray's resurgence?

Andy Murray's nightmare began in early 2017, shortly after playing his best year, winning Wimbledon, the Olympic gold medal in Rio, the ATP Finals and becoming world No. 1 for the first time in his career. Then the Scot underwent hip surgery last season after the Australian Open, in a desperate attempt to save his career.

He also came back on the court by winning a title in Antwerp in autumn 2019. After some physical problems in early 2020, perhaps he could finally come back on the court from the grass-season. After maternity, Serena Williams played four Slam finals (Wimbledon 2018 and 2019 and US Open 2018 and 2019), losing them all.

She is chasing Margaret Court's record of 24 Slams. In early 2020, after almost three years, Serena came back to win a title, in Auckland bu she was upset at the Australian Open. With the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, ATP, WTA and ITF decided to suspend all tournaments until 2020 June 7th.

If all goes well, players can come back on the court for the grass season. The perfect chance for Andy and Serena to go down again on the court, on a surface on which they perhaps express their best tennis. The confidence of playing on grass combined with rest and work during the pandemic and the suspension of the tournaments could be a great advantage for both, in order to recover a good physical shape, in order to challenge all their opponents again.

Boris Becker is convinced that Murray may surprise again: “If Andy manages to get back in shape, I think he is still able to challenge Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He has to be patient, which is very difficult when you've had to sit still for so long.

He has to rebuild his body almost from scratch, but he can only do it by returning to the court and playing tournaments. Andy is not that old, he is 32 years old and time is still on his side." Serena (who should play until 2021, when she is 40 years old), however, can still win any tournament, including Slams, if in perfect physical shape and if she manages to get rid of the pressure of the record pending.

But in these weeks without tennis they will have the time to dispose of toxins and accumulate energy and confidence. To be protagonists again.