Andy Murray has earned the fitting to play when he desires to play, in line with his former coach Ivan Lendl.
Talking on a particular version of the Tennis Legends vodcast alongside Eurosport consultants Alex Corretja – who additionally used to teach Murray – and Mats Wilander, Lendl gave a wholehearted defence of the Brit’s entitlement to play when he desires to play given all he has achieved within the recreation.
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The three-time Grand Slam champion suffered early exits on the US Open and at Roland Garros after recovering from hip surgical procedure and Wilander instructed after his first-round loss in Paris that maybe he shouldn’t be taking wild playing cards any longer.
However Lendl, and now Wilander, agreed that the 33-year-old ought to nonetheless be afforded the respect of competing on the largest phases within the sport given every part he has given to tennis.
“I do know you [Mats] acquired criticised lots for saying that, and so they shouldn’t be taking wild playing cards and depart it to the younger gamers, and I disagree,” Lendl stated on the podcast.
“I disagree. I believe gamers like Andy Murray or Pete Sampras, earlier than he received his final US Open, everyone was asking me, ‘should not Pete Sampras retire?’, and I stated, ‘Pete Sampras has earned the fitting to retire when he desires to retire’.
To me, Andy Murray has earned the fitting to play when he desires to play, so long as he has ardour for it. I do consider that Andy has the eagerness.
“Let’s return somewhat bit into the historical past of untamed playing cards. The wild playing cards, typically, got to the sponsors to get engaging gamers for the event.
“It sort of turned considerably in the direction of younger gamers, which is okay as nicely. Nevertheless it’s not written wherever that it must be a younger participant and never any person older.
“What occurred on the French I believe was not regular. One thing else occurred and I do not know what it was, however I believe Andy has the eagerness.
“I believe Andy is attempting to show that he can come again after a critical hip surgical procedure, and all I can say is we must always all be pulling for him and wishing him the very best.”
Wilander agreed: “I am pulling for him 100 per cent. I am with you, Ivan. He has deserved it.
I believe the attention-grabbing query is ardour. Does Andy have the eagerness? And I believe he does. I’m 100 per cent certain he does.
Look out for the total vodcast and podcast of the newest Tennis Legends episode, which will likely be launched on Thursday on eurosport.co.uk and your podcast platform of selection
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