Can Andy Murray succeed at Wimbledon?

By Alex Veeneman on June 22, 2012

Andy Murray playing at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London in 2009.
(Photo courtesy of Flickr user bamberry)

On June 25, the world’s tennis players will gather at the All England Club in London and will compete in one of the sport’s grandest matches of all–Wimbledon.

For the UK, and its number one player Andy Murray, there is another challenge on top of going up against a league of players which include Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. No British tennis player has won a grand slam title since 1936, and as he finished his warm up matches, his last with Djokovic, Murray lost all of his matches. “I think my preparations have gone very well. Queen’s was obviously disappointing, but here the results weren’t important at all,” Murray told the BBC. “I’d have liked to have done better at Queen’s, but after that I had a couple of good practice matches over at Wimbledon and had a couple of matches here as well. It’s been good.”

Securing the win on the London home ground would mean a lot for the world’s number four tennis player. Rafael Nadal has beaten Murray consecutively in the last two Wimbledon semifinal matches, so there is a chance of redemption for Murray in his attempts to go beyond the semifinals. His Wimbledon campaign starts June 26, playing against the former world number three player Nikolay Davydenko.

Even after Wimbledon as Murray moves towards the Olympics, a win at the All England Club will help bolster his chances at the Games. The opportunity of success, he told reporters at the Club according to Bloomberg, keeps him going match after match. “I think about it a lot when I’m training, when I’m struggling in practice or when I’m finding a running session or a cardio session very tough,” Murray said. “It’s something you think about and tell yourself to give you that extra motivation.”

For the next couple of weeks, Murray will play some of the most important matches of not only his career, but British tennis. His performance will likely foray into the Olympic Games, where he goes for gold.

For now, the ball is in Murray’s court.

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