Former world No. 4 Johanna Konta backed Andy Murray to do well at the Australian Open, saying that he can never be counted out.
Murray received a wildcard for the Australian Open. The three-time Grand Slam winner is not one of the favourites to win the tournament, with his last notable Grand Slam run coming in 2017, where he made the French Open semi-final.
Since then, he has had two major hip surgeries, but his peak was all but over. Last week, however, we saw bits of prime Murray when he made the final in Sydney.
As a result, Konta backed Murray to do well at the Australian Open, saying that with his talent and experience, he is always due a shout.
“Ever since he’s come back from his injury, he’s got more consistent, the more he’s playing, the more he’s training,” she said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“I actually feel he’s got a good opportunity to go deep and make it to the very last stages, who knows. The fourth round, the quarters, it’s possible. The possibility is always there.”
Can go all the way
“It’s important to remember there’s a whole field of other players striving for the same thing,” Konta continued.
“It’s never going to be a simple equation for him to do, but for Andy, he’s always giving himself the best chance of doing that.
“That’s what he’s striving to do, to be in the latter stages of the Slam, to win a Slam one day. There’s every possibility it depends on how the body holds up on a consistent basis. Murray could have easily retired but he refused and instead decided to fight and try to make a successful comeback to tennis.
“I think you admire it. It’s not a normal trait of every athlete, however it’s not unexpected because of how we know Andy, the kind of athlete he is.
“He’s resilient, he’s tough. Every time in his career, he’s maximised his abilities and is still looking to do that. Full of admiration for his tenacity,” she concluded.