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Sir Andy Murray is still grinding away on the ATP Tour. Despite all of the injuries that he has had to endure throughout his career, he just refuses to call it a day. And given his recent form, it doesn’t seem like Murray will hang up his rackets anytime soon. Of course, Murray isn’t quite a spring chicken anymore, but he is still battling away and taking down titles in the 2023 season. This makes for an intriguing forecast regarding Andy Murray’s Wimbledon 2023 prospects.
As you probably know, Wimbledon is the absolute pinnacle of the grass-court season. This is true for both the ATP and WTA Tours. It’s also a tournament where Andy Murray has made history in the past. Murray won Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, and it’s a tournament that he naturally holds very close to his heart. In fact, given the stage of his career, Murray has publicly declared that Wimbledon remains his best chance of going far in a Grand Slam.
However, ‘going far’ isn’t quite the same as ‘going all the way’. And for a guy who is as competitive as Andy Murray, the latter is exponentially more exciting than the former. So this obviously prompts an intriguing debate – does Andy Murray still have what it takes to challenge for the Wimbledon 2023 title? Naturally, there are punters on both sides of the argument here.
But rather than join this debate with elements that are purely based on my opinion, I’d like to focus on the facts today. This way, we can form a realistic perspective on what Murray’s Wimbledon 2023 chances are. Let’s get right into it.
Wimbledon 2023 – Andy Murray’s Time to Shine?
This stage of the season is one that Andy Murray no doubt looks forward to every year, and you can check out Murray’s next match here. He has always been a top-quality player on this surface, and this is true to this very day. You don’t need to look much beyond his career results at Wimbledon and other grass-court events for confirmation of this. Yet at 36 years of age, you do feel that each passing season means that things will only get tougher for Murray.
Therefore, is Wimbledon 2023 going to be Murray’s golden comeback or will he simply fade into the shadows? Let me discuss a few of the most important elements right now.
Current Ranking – 44
It goes without saying that during his career, Andy Murray has held the number 1 ranking on the ATP Tour. Yet during the worst of his injury problems, he dropped outside of the world’s top 800. This is clearly a huge shift, but in true Murray fashion, he has refused to let that become his legacy. Since those lows of 2018, he has grinded away, playing tournaments all over the world to now find himself at 44 in the world. This is about as high as he has been since returning to the tour following surgery just a few short years ago.
Now, this isn’t high enough to secure a seeded position in Wimbledon 2023 – yet. But at the time of writing, Murray is competing in various Challenger events, and he is expected to be playing in the Cinch Championships next week. If he performs well, he could find himself amongst the seeded players for Wimbledon.
2023 Season – Promising Performances
There is something about the 2023 season that feels quite different for Andy Murray. For starters, he has produced some miraculous comebacks in multiple tournaments. The most prolific of these comebacks was against Kokkinakis at the Australian Open – a truly unbelievable match. Since then, however, he has made the finals of a 250 event in Doha, and he has won two Challenger-level tournaments. The most recent of these was in Surbiton last week, so he has started the grass court season in the best way possible.
Recent Results at Wimbledon
To quote the narrative of Novak Djokovic – Grand Slam tennis is a different animal compared with all other tournaments. So while Murray has been capturing a couple of Challenger titles in 2023, things will not be as simple when it comes to Wimbledon. And the best way to gauge his chances at Wimbledon 2023 is to look back at what he has done there in recent years. This is the point where die-hard Murray fans might want to look away!
Since winning the tournament in 2016, Murray has made the quarter-finals in 2017, followed by a 3rd round exit in 2021 and a 2nd round exit in 2022. He did miss a couple of years as well, to his defense, yet this is obviously not too promising in terms of his chances to win the thing this summer.
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