Rusedski warns of no Andy Murray fairytale at Queen’s or Wimbledon


hen Andy Murray finally calls time on his career, Queen’s, while seemingly relatively inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, will always be central to the memories.

His traditional grasscourt warm-up might not eclipse the Wimbledon titles, Olympic golds or his brief reign as world No1 before his body began to break down.

But nowhere in the world has he won more ATP Tour singles titles than outside the small pocket of greenery in west London and it was at the last championships at Queen’s Club in 2019 that he proved victorious in his comeback tournament – albeit in the doubles.

Tuesday is another comeback and a bigger obstacle to overcome than sharing a doubles court with Feliciano Lopez when he faces former top-20 player Benoit Paire in his first singles match for three months.

One of Murray’s predecessors as British No1, Greg Rusedski, warned the 25 per cent capacity Queen’s crowd cheering him on needed a dose of realism this week.

“It’s hard to dream of a Queen’s fairytale like last time in the doubles or else a Wimbledon fairytale,” Rusedski said. “He just hasn’t had the matches in his body for that.

“For me, every time he wins a match, that’s a positive. Should he win tomorrow against Benoit Paire, that in itself is worth celebrating. And every win at Queen’s and Wimbledon is worth celebrating.”

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At 34, Murray has no immediate plans to call time on his career despite tumbling down the rankings and admitting his days of battling it out for Grand Slam singles titles are over.

Instead, he said before facing Paire that he carries on simply for his enjoyment of the game, a facet the crowd at Queen’s and Wimbledon should embrace.

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