Now 29, Andy Murray is realistic about his tennis future. He knows the time is now to build on his resume and that’s what he’s been doing.
Made the US Open favorite by some, Murray has won 22 of his last 23 matches with three titles since the clay season including a second Wimbledon and a second gold. Now he’s after a second US Open.
But Murray admits, that one day it will come to an end.
“ I’m 29.” Murray said Friday at the US Open. “I would imagine if I’m lucky I’d be playing at this level for three, four more years, max, I would think. I mean, it’s not easy to do that.
I hope I’m still playing like this when I’m 38 years old. but it’s pretty unlikely.
“So I just need to — I’m actually using that as a positive that, you know, you have to make the most of every opportunity. It’s a slightly different mentality to maybe when you’re younger and like you feel like you have a bit more time on your side.
“Want to make the most of every tournament I play in and try and win and achieve as much as I can the next few years.”
After a busy summer, the Scot says he’s feeling fresh.
“I took a couple of days off, Monday, Tuesday,” he said. “I arrived Sunday night from Cincinnati, and Monday, Tuesday completely off. Then, yeah, it’s just been pretty light, light practice.
“Conditions during the day are quite different, so just trying to get used to that. Yeah, it’s been fairly light. I haven’t done anything away from the court, training, nothing like that. Just trying to be as fresh as I can at the start of the tournament.”
Murray will begin his bid for a fourth Grand Slam title Tuesday against Lukos Rosol.
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