Andy Murray is convinced that British tennis will do just fine when he finally retires, with the three-time Grand Slam winner preparing for a massive first-round test this week at the ATP Vienna event.
Solid success this season led by the surprise US Open title of teenaged qualifier Emma Raducanu and Cam Norrie’s Indian Wells triumph a week ago means the state of the nation’s tennis is in good hands, Murray confirmed on Sunday in the Austrian capital.
“What they achieved was perhaps a little unexpected,” the former No. 1 said.
“Maybe less for Cam, he had a great season and has now also won at Indian Wells.
“(But) it’s unbelievable how Emma showed herself in her triumph at the US Open despite her youth.
“Some people were scared for British tennis when I was injured (2017). But there are some good young players out there. It’s going in the right direction.”
Murray will continue his 2021 resurrection campaign after his hip and groin problems as he starts in Vienna against Hubert Hurkacz, titleholder last month in Metz and an Indian Wells quarter-finalist.
“I will have to play more “clinical” – use my possibilities and stay concentrated. If I get an opportunity, I have to take it,” the Scot said.
“When you play against top players, you don’t get that many chances. The ones you get have to be played to the end with concentration.”
The 34-year-old admitted he’s chasing the dream of regaining his one-time top form.
“Of course I’m not there yet. I haven’t played that much in the past few years, so it will be a while before I get back there.
“The grass tournaments and the US Open weren’t that great, but since then it has gotten better with every week – not perfect, though.
“But I had chances in most matches which I definitely didn’t during the grass season.
“Of course I want to get back to the level I used to be at.”