Andy Murray is one of the best of all time.
It is such a shame to see such a wonderful career come to an end because of a recurring hip injury. But that seems to be the case with Andy Murray. 2016 will be remembered as the season where he finally made it over the hump and finished the year number one over the other three Big Four. Andy Murray stood as number one in the world at the end of that year. Behind him were Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The tennis world was looking forward to seeing Murray solidify his position as number one and possibly capture a few more Grand Slams. However, it was not to be. 2017 was not a good year. He was first sidelined with an elbow injury and then later in the year it would be the nagging hip injury that would cause him to withdraw from the US Open, and pretty much the rest of 2018.
We’ll see Murray in action at the Australian Open. We’ll see how far he can take given the fact that he’s not 100%. Nevertheless, even though Murray’s career seems to have been cut short, he has accumulated accomplishments that few will lay claim to in years to come. Let’s look at some of the highlights:
- Year-end number 1 (2016)
- ATP World Tour Finals Champion (2016)
- 2X Wimbledon Champion
- 1X U.S. Open Champion
- 2X Gold Medalist
- 14 Masters 1000 titles
- 45 Career Singles Titles (14th in the Open Era)
- $61,055,135 in prize money (4th all-time leader in earnings)
Some of the above highlights are absolutely ridiculous. It’s a wonder Murray didn’t win more Grand Slams, given how many tournaments he won, and especially how much money he won. Then again, Murray had the challenge of playing alongside two of the greatest, and the Greatest Player of all time in Nadal, Djokovic and Federer, respectively. That being said, his record against the other big four was pretty solid. Against Djokovic he played 36 matches and won 31% of them. Against, Nadal, he played 24 matches and won 29% of them. Against the GOAT, Federer, he played 25 matches and won 44% of them. That’s not too shabby. Let’s hope that the Australian is not the end of Murray. Let’s hope that somehow, his hip gets better, and he can compete. Let’s hope there’s something out there that will allow him to get out there and give us another passionate run at a Grand Slam