Just 4-4 this clay season and with only one title this year, Andy Murray admits it’s been a tough start to 2017. One of the worst in his career.
“It’s obviously been a struggle,” Murray said Saturday at the French Open media day. “These past few months have not been good. You know, I haven’t played well.”
But Murray says these bumps go with the territory when you achieve something big, like reaching No. 1 like he did at the end of last year.
“I was just saying it happens a lot in sport when if you achieve something quite big it can be quite natural to maybe struggle for a few months,” Murray said. “I have been training as well as I could the last few months, you know, just maybe in a couple of matches it’s just been a little bit flat.
“That’s where it is very important that when you do achieve something big, like when I won Wimbledon the first time, I felt like that was, well, why I was playing, really. And I had achieved my biggest goal. It was, like, you feel a bit, I don’t know, a bit lost afterwards.
“You need to then reset your goals and, you know, maybe at times there has been a little bit of that.”
Murray won’t have much time to reset with a French Open final, Queen’s and Wimbledon titles to defend in the next 45 days. But he thinks he can snap out of the funk he’s in at any moment.
“Just because everyone is sort of putting pressure on you maybe in here or appears that way, that people are expecting a lot of you, when you get out on the court, you find your way,” said Murray. “When you’re struggling a little bit, you know, it’s a little bit harder to find your way through tough moments in matches. But, you know, that will come.
“I hope it starts here, but the expectations I don’t think it changes my chances in this event. It’s more the way that I’m playing that does that.”
And on the eve of the tournament, Murray says he’s once again fighting some sickness.
“I’ve just got a cough now, but I was just a bit sick for a couple of days,” Murray added. “But I feel okay now. I will be all good when the tournament starts.”
Murray likely opens play in Paris as the top seed Tuesday against Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.
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