Andy Murray has admitted his days of Grand Slam glory may now be numbered after missing out on playing tennis due to the coronavirus crisis.
The three-time champion conceded he is ‘getting old’ when reflecting on his understandable frustration over the last few months but is also eager to return to the court.
Murray is yet to play a singles match in a Grand Slam since the 2019 Australian Open, and his now-stuttering career, which was thrown into doubt due to a hip problem, has been affected by a string of injuries.
Andy Murray has admitted his days of Grand Slam glory may now be numbered due to his age
The 33-year-old, who has also reigned victorious at Wimbledon on two occasions, last month marked his first appearance since late last year at the ‘Battle of the Brits’ and defeated Liam Broady.
But his familiar struggles with fitness were sparked again after losing in the semi-finals against British No 1 Dan Evans. He withdrew from the third place play-off due to shin issues.
The tennis great is now hoping for an even more successful future due to his advancing age.
Murray had returned to action for the first time since November at the ‘Battle of the Brits’
But the two-time Wimbledon champion withdrew from the third place play-off with shin issues
During the fortnight in which Wimbledon would usually have taken place, he took part in a surprise video call hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, with pupils from Bond Primary School in south London also able to listen in.
He said: ‘Missing the big competitions because I’m getting old for a tennis player, you never know how many opportunities you’re going to have left to play the biggest competitions.
‘So missing Wimbledon this week is obviously a shame. I miss the travelling. That’s one of the things that I really enjoyed doing over my career is seeing different parts of the world.’
Murray is yet to take part in a singles match in a Grand Slam since the 2019 Australian Open
The Covid-19 pandemic has also prevented Murray, like countless others across the world, from seeing his family – and he admitted he was relishing the chance for an emotional reunion.
‘Missing that and also missing seeing friends like everybody else.
‘I’ve not seen my mum and dad for a few months so I’m looking forward to seeing them again hopefully very soon.’
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