Andy Murray losing 2016 Roland Garros final to Novak Djokovic after winning first set. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd
After enduring well over a year of hip surgery rehab followed by lockdown on the grounds of his stately Surrey mansion during the COVID-19 pandemic, Andy Murray remains confident that he can now live with – or without – tennis.
The former No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner came to the realisation that he can survive whatever turn his career takes once the ATP kick-starts again.
The 32-year-old has been spending weeks of quality time with wife Kim and the couple’s three children and Murray says that as from now, he can take it or leave it when it comes to his sport.
Murray made his personal revelation as hew chatted for an hour online with Novak Djokovic on Instagram, a now-favoured pastime of many players who have been stuck at home for more than a month with the professional season suspended.
“I saw my kids going out cycling and swimming for the first time,”
the 129th-ranked Murray told his one-time rival who stands atop the ranking table.
“(It’s) learning a new way of living, you are so used to the travelling. I realise once tennis is done for me I will be just fine.”
While Murray is banged up at home near London, Djokovic and his family are isolating in Marbella.
The Serb added: “We have been six weeks in 24 hour lockdown here – as a tennis player it’s really weird being in one place, you never fully relax on tour.
“I haven’t experienced that for 15 years. I’m getting to know myself as a father and a husband.”
Murray also confessed that one of his greatest tennis regrets was losing the 2016 Roland Garros final to Djokovic.
“If I could change one result, (it would be) Roland Garros. Clay was such a tough surface for me, the biggest challenge.
“That would have been my biggest achievement if I had managed to win the French.”