London: As the prestigious Wimbledon 2023 gets underway at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, two-time champion Andy Murray expressed his belief in his ability to defeat the world’s best players and proclaimed himself as one of the finest grasscourt players in the world. The 36-year-old tennis star, who triumphed at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, recently secured two ATP Challenger Tour titles and is optimistic about making a deep run on home soil.
Assessing his chances at the tournament, Murray stated, “I want to go out there and perform at a level that I’m happy with. I do feel like I’m in a really, really good position to do that. I have the experience of playing at this tournament, on the big courts here.”
With only Novak Djokovic boasting more experience at Wimbledon than Murray, the Scottish player intends to utilise his familiarity with the event to his advantage and draw confidence from it. Murray firmly believes that he ranks among the best grasscourt players in the world and is physically feeling excellent. With thorough preparation behind him, he sees no reason why he cannot have a successful tournament.
Murray’s recent performances on grass have been promising, as he clinched Challenger titles in Surbiton and Nottingham last month. Making his 15th appearance at Wimbledon, the determined Murray is ready to give it his all, commencing with his match against British wildcard Ryan Peniston on Tuesday.
The Wimbledon Championship holds special significance for Murray, who considers it the most important tournament of the year. Despite any physical issues he may have faced in the past, he has always strived to be ready for this event. As he progresses further into his career, he recognises the need to seize these opportunities and make the most of them, understanding that they may not be available indefinitely.
Murray boasts an impressive record at Wimbledon, with 60 wins and 12 losses. He is the sole player in the draw who has defeated Novak Djokovic at the tournament. With 46 tour-level titles to his name, Murray is thrilled to be competing at Wimbledon once again, acknowledging his comfort in these surroundings. As he steps onto the iconic Centre Court, he experiences a mix of nerves and excitement, eagerly awaiting the chance to perform in one of the most hallowed venues in tennis. Murray’s nervousness leading up to the tournament is a positive sign for him, indicating his deep investment and commitment to delivering his best on the grand stage.