Tennis legend John McEnroe believes that Andy Murray can capture a Grand Slam title this year by winning at Wimbledon. Murray made it to the final of last year’s tournament before losing to Roger Federer.
McEnroe is making a bold prediction by picking Andy Murray to win. No British man has won the tournament in 77 years, not since Fred Perry captured the title in 1936. A national losing streak almost on par with the Chicago Cub’s title drought, it is seemingly a curse that can not be broken, yet McEnroe thinks this year could be different.
Citing the physical shape he has observed Murray to currently be in as evidence, the outspoken McEnroe believes that Murray possesses both the talent and conditioning to bring the trophy back to Britain.
Sitting out the French Open should leave him energized and well prepared for a run at the title. McEnroe believes that “He’s positioned himself well having not played at the French, I think that will help him.”
Murray is riding a hot streak that has furthered the momentum he will bring in, as well as solidified his ability to win the tournament in McEnroe’s eyes. Winning the Aegeon Championships at Queen’s Club in London last week gives him the confidence he needs to find success at Wimbledon. As put by McEnroe, “obviously winning Queen’s is a nice positive for him.”
Finding success at the Olympics and the US Open, “He’s as confident as he’s ever been, he’s handled the pressure well for the most part, so, when the going gets tough, he’s got to step up,” McEnroe said about Murray’s ability to win against the world’s best.
The best of the world certainly cross paths with Murray if McEnroe is right, and he contends for the title at Wimbledon. Being a number two seed, he is bracketed to face a potential quarter final match against French Open champion Rafael Nadal, as well Jo-Wilfried Tsonga prior. That is to ignore the potential final match against Novak Djokovic should the two both advance to the tournament’s end.
Admitting the challenge facing Murray to win at Wimbledon, three time champion of the tournament McEnroe admits that, “The draw is tough for Murray, there’s no doubt about it. Tsonga in the quarters is tough because, for me, he’s the guy best positioned outside of the big four to win. And then he’ll have to play one of Rafa or Roger in the semis and then another guy that’s not too shabby – Djokovic – in the final.
Being comfortable on grass is a factor that can not be ignored when analyzing the chances of Murray to win at Wimbledon this year. He has proven comfortable on the surface, as illustrated by his victory at the Olympics in London last year.
Vegas also buys into the chance that Murray brings home the Wimbledon title that has alluded British hands for the better part of the past century. Listed as a 7/2 underdog to win the Wimbledon title, Vegas has put Murray as the second favorite, showing that McEnroe may just be right with his bold prediction in his preview of Wimbledon.
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