The 2023 Australian Open has ended several days ago and we have attended a tournament that has brought many incredible stories. The most important is obviously the victorious return of Serbian champion Novak Djokovic, who dominated the tournament and is now world number one again.
This, but not only with the Australian Open, which had several protagonists. Among them, one of the athletes who has most moved the insiders is the British tennis player Andy Murray. After several injuries, Andy returned to play continuously a few years ago, but never reached the levels of the past.
Nonetheless, Murray was one of the absolute stars in Melbourne. Andy defeated Matteo Berrettini, the thirteenth seed of the tournament, in the first round, defeated in four sets and after four hours and 49 minutes of play. Not content with that Murray had an extraordinary match in the second round where he came back from two sets down and played the longest match of his career.
Five hours and 45 minutes and an extraordinary challenge against local idol Thanasi Kokkinakis, in a match destined to go down in Murray and tournament history. Murray prevailed with the result of 4-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 7-5, leaving fans and connoisseurs ecstatic.
The former tennis player, Tracy Austin, commented on Andy Murray’s adventure in this first Grand Slam tournament of this 2023. Tracy stated: “Apart from the tournament champions, what I will remember most from the Australian Open 2023 is Andy Murray.
His fighting style is extraordinary. Four years ago I remember one of his losses and he told me that he was worried he would never play again. to professional tennis. Now we are in 2023, he fights and works hard, he is a true warrior who loves to compete”.
Austin continued: “he played 10 and a half hours in the first two games and that is incredible, his response to that is amazing. You just have to applaud this guy, three Grand Slams, two Olympic gold medals and he will definitely be part of the Hall of Fame in the future, it’s incredible to see him play,” concluded the former tennis player.
The Dubai Open is set to begin on February 27th
Andy Murray has received a wildcard to play the ATP 500 Dubai Open. “Coming back to Dubai brings with it a lot of good memories, not least 2017 and the final with Fernando,” he said.
“My form is improving and my game is getting better, so the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships provides another great opportunity for me to continue to climb back up the rankings,” the 35-year-old said.