“Clown Prince” Goran stirs the pot on Murray Grand Slam chances
Former tennis clown prince Goran Ivanisevic has dumped cold water on the future Grand Slam title chances of Andy Murray.
The Croat who serves on Novak Djokovic’s coaching team has taken the polar opposite opinion of his own former rival Tim Henman concerning Murray’spost-hip op future.
The thinking on Murray’s chance to eventually add to his career total of three majors is being informally debated at London’s Royal Albert Hall this week at the annual senior event which brings together past greats for a hit-and-giggle earning opportunity.
Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon with a career-capping victory during the rainy 2001 edition, said it’s hard to believe that the 32-year-old Murray can rise to the trophy occasion once more after the stresses of two hip surgeries in the space of a year.
“A Slam, no chance,’ Ivanisevic told British media. “He can make some surprises, he can go far- but to win I don’t think that he can survive seven matches – best of five (sets).”
The 48-year-old added: ‘If he’s healthy and the hip is okay I don’t think that anyone wants to play against Andy next year. He’s a great competitor and when he steps on the court, he wants to win.
“He’s not good for the opponents. I don’t know what ranking, it’s tough to say no, but if he’s healthy he can be up there.”
The Ivanisevic prediction was taken further by former British player Greg Rusedski, who tips the Scot for an ATP rankings between 20 and 50.
“I like that way that he is more relaxed in matches as well – he’s putting less pressure on himself – so if he can keep that mentality. He also says that he doesn’t want to play as much as well.. (that’s) a realistic point of view.”
The Canadian-born Brit called Murray “an unbelievable competitor.”
“He’s the only British man to win an ATP tour event this year (Antwerp last month) as well, that just shows what an amazing, amazing competitor he is and his desire to actually come back.
“From an emotional and a satisfaction point of view, with his major trophies. It was an incredible accomplishment.”
Even major Murray fan Henman, who will coach the British team at the new ATP Cup in Sydney, may be starting to have the slightest of doubts.
‘It’s incredibly difficult (to win a Grand Slam title), ” the four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist said. “(Even) fit, healthy, young and playing the best tennis of your life it’s still incredibly difficult.
“The challenge with the best of five set matches is massive but we all know that with Andy if you say that he can’t do something, he loves to prove people wrong.”
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online