t wasn’t too long ago that everyone thought a recurring hip injury would curtail Andy Murray’s tennis career, yet the Scotsman has returned to the sport and is now making a renewed run back to the top. With coach Ivan Lendl once again in tow, but can he get Murray back to his best?
Lendl has been with Murray throughout all his greatest moments in the sport, not least during the period when Murray became the first British male to win Wimbledon since 1936 and reached the number one spot in the world rankings.
Why Lendl and why now?
This will be the third time the pair have worked together and Murray is hoping to rise up the rankings after a frustrating period where his tennis just hasn’t been at the level it could.
Injuries are no longer the primary concern for the British star, although they will always be an issue given his history, and he feels healthy enough to be playing tennis at a far higher level than he has been doing.
He is currently ranked 84 in the rankings and is playing with a metal cap in his hip, which many believe is a huge hindrance to him on the singles circuit.
It may be unfair to label this as a ‘last-chance saloon’ decision, but it certainly feels as though Murray is going back to a partnership which he knows got the best out of him from a sporting perspective, in the hope of ending his career at a high level rather than sinking out of tournament focus.