In response to those who argue that it is too late to think they can return to compete for victory in the tournaments that matter, Andy Murray replied in an interview: "Next year the results will be better, I assure you."
According to Murray, his fans can be optimistic for now. Unlike the 2020 season (hopefully, at least), fans will return to being part of tennis in the 2021 season, even if the accommodation capacity of the facilities could suffer the usual fifty percent reduction in available seats.
Andy Murray, like Roger Federer, also plans to return to the Tour at the next Australian Open, assuming the COVID-19 pandemic allows the organizers to start the tournament.
The Scotsman experienced a 2020 with physical problems but also with good performances.
Murray has an endless talent, a great physical structure and the experience needed to win big titles. What he needs for a successful 2021 is undoubtedly athletic and physical shape and fitness. Murray will be able to prepare well physically this winter for next season, which should have his beloved grass-swing and Wimbledon.
After the 2019 Australian Open and the near-retirement and title in Antwerp at the end of 2019, Andy still has some good cards to play. If his hip will bear the brunt of training and tournaments, if Murray were to regain his consistently great athletic form, why couldn't he challenge his opponents (all of them) and compete for the most important tournaments? it seemed impossible even for Roger Federer in 2017, we all saw what happened.
Andy Murray's 2021: the return of the warrior
In 2020 Murray missed the Australian Open with an injury and, due to Coronavirus, he returned in August, participating in the Cincinnati tournament (which however takes place at the US Open in New York).
He beat Tiafoe 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 and Zverev with a score of 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, losing in the fourth round to Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2. He then participated in the US Open winning in the first round against Yoshihito Nishioka for 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4, but then losing in the second round against Felix Auger-Aliassime for 6-2, 6 -3, 6-4.
Subsequently he receives a wild card for Roland Garros, where he is eliminated in the first round by Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. He then participates in the Bett1HULKS Indoors in Cologne, an ATP 250 tournament played on indoor hardcourt, where he loses in the first round to Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4.
He was also expected to play in Cologne the following week, but he retired from the draw due to an inflammation of the iliopsoas muscle, which led him to end his 2020 season early. But from there we can start again.