23rd Feb, 2019

Bromsgrove coach praises Andy Murray's impact on grassroots tennis

A COACH from Bromsgrove tennis club has praised the impact Andy Murray has had on the game locally, as well as on the World stage.

The 31-year-old announced last Friday he was expecting to retire from the game in 2019 because of a hip injury saying ideally he would like to end his career after Wimbledon but that may not be possible because of the pain.

James Griffiths told The Standard: “Following Andy Murray’s press conference Friday it was not a total shock that he is going to struggle to compete at the highest level without a further operation which has no guarantees but it looks the only option unless he can play through the pain.

“Andy has inspired so many juniors to take up the game and is a great ambassador for the sport so it would be a big loss to tennis to have his career cut so short.”

Murray has had a glittering tennis career after turning professional in 2005.

He won Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 and the US Open in 2012, as well as being a finalist in the French Open in 2013 and a five-time finalist in the Australian Open.

Murray has also won two Olympic golds, 45 ATP tournaments and led Britain to an amazing 2015 Davis Cup victory – an achievement which, years ago, would not have been thought possible.

“Let’s hope Andy’s next course of action for his hip will be a success and see a return to court where he belongs,” added James.

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