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McEnroe: Murray's Future Depends on One Key


By Richard Pagliaro | Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Andy Murray can make a rankings rise if his body cooperates, Hall of Famer John McEnroe says.

Murray tuned up for Wimbledon beating Benoit Paire before bowing to eventual-champion Matteo Berrettini at Queen's Club last week. Murray has received a wild card into Wimbledon.

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In a conference call with the media to promote ESPN's Wimbledon coverage starting Monday, June 28th at 6 a.m. Eastern time, McEnroe said Murray still owns the skill to make a rapid rankings rise—if he's able to reach 90 percent of his former fitness following hip resurfacing surgery.

"What I have seen is someone who is trying to get healthy. Seems like he's struggling to get back to that movement which is so key," McEnroe said. "I just hope he's able to maintain a level of health where he can do his thing. If he was able to do that, he'd be in the top 10.

"Obviously to me he's not able to go a hundred percent. I don't know if that will change or if this is just permanent. I don't know how much longer he can go if, in fact, he's playing at 80%, whatever percent it is, however much less than a hundred it is. It's clear that it's not at a hundred."


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Following his loss to Berrettini, Murray said he was satisfied with his movement, but conceded he needs more match play to sharpen up his game.

"I think obviously I need to improve. I actually felt my movement was actually quite good for both of the matches," Murray said after his Queen's Club loss to Berrettini. "And all of the numbers and stuff, well, certainly from the first match we got, you know, in terms of the speeds I was moving at on the court was pretty, we were happy with that as a team.

"I think I made some good moves on the court. My tennis today was not very good. Yeah, that's the thing that I'll need to improve the most rather than I think the actual, like, movement around the court."

McEnroe, who held the world No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles, says the success of rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer into their 30s has inspired Murray.

"I hope he can get back to as close to a hundred percent as possible," McEnroe said. "If he get into the 90s, you'd see his ranking go up in a hurry because it's clear he still wants to play. I think he's looking at Novak and the other guys, Rafa and Roger, I can still win events if I'm able to be healthy. It really all depends on that."


ESPN 2021 Wimbledon TV Schedule

Date Time Event Network  
Monday, June 28 6 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; 6 a.m.-2 p.m. First Round ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
  11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. First Round ESPN2 Live
Tuesday, June 29 6 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; 6 a.m.-2 p.m. First Round ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
  11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. First Round ESPN2 Live
Wednesday, June 30 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Round ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
Thursday, July 1 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Round ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
Friday, July 2 6-11:30 a.m.; 6:35-8:50 a.m.; 10:05 a.m.-2 p.m. Third Round ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live
  11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Third Round ESPN2 Live
Saturday, July 3 7-8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  7:05-8:55 a.m. Third Round  ESPN Deportes Live
  8-11:30 a.m. Third Round ESPN Live
  10:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Third Round ESPN Deportes Live
  11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Third Round ESPN2 Live
  2-5 p.m. Third Round ESPN Live
Sunday, July 4 3-6 p.m. Highlights of Week One ABC Tape
Monday, July 5 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Round of 16 ESPN Deportes Live
  8 a.m.-4 p.m. Round of 16 Centre Court ESPN Live
  6 a.m.-4 p.m. Round of 16 Court No. 1 and other Courts ESPN2 Live
Tuesday, July 6 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Ladies Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN Live
  8 a.m.-4 p.m. Ladies Quarterfinals, Court No. 1 ESPN2 Live
  8-11:30 a.m. Ladies Quarterfinals ESPN Deportes Live
Wednesday, July 7 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Men's Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN Live
  8 a.m.-4 p.m. Men's Quarterfinals, Court No. 1 ESPN2 Live
  8 a.m.-1 p.m. Men's Quarterfinals ESPN Deportes Live
Thursday, July 8 7-8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  7:45-11:30 a.m. Ladies' Semifinals ESPN Deportes Live
  8 a.m.-1 p.m. Ladies' Semifinals ESPN Live
Friday, July 9 7-8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  7:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Men's Semifinals ESPN Deportes Live
  8 a.m.-2 p.m. Men's Semifinals ESPN Live
         
Saturday, July 10 8-9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8:45-11:30 a.m. Ladies' Championship ESPN Deportes Live
  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ladies Championship ESPN Live
  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Men's Doubles Championship ESPN Live
  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ladies Doubles Championship ESPN Live
  3-6 p.m. Ladies Championship ABC Encore
         
Sunday, July 11 8-9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Men's Championship ESPN Deportes Live
  9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Men's Championship ESPN Live
  9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mixed Doubles Championship ESPN Live
  3-6 p.m. Men's Championship ABC Encore

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