Could the greatest accomplishment in Andy Murray’s tennis career lead to even bigger things in 2012?
After dominating (I know that is a word you don’t want to use often in sports, but in this case it fits the description) Roger Federer in the gold-medal match of the 2012 Olympics, maybe now is the time that Murray takes his place among tennis royalty.
He did win the gold medal for Mother England, didn’t he? And he won it in London of all places, didn’t he?
I’d say that is a double dose of some good karma. And it comes just at the right time, as Murray, who is the newest great hope for British tennis, could be riding a crest of success that parallels the likes of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Federer, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
I’m not trying to get ahead of myself or state that Murray is in this class as of yet, but current Rushmore of tennis greats is only three deep based on rankings and domination (there is that word again). Surely there is enough space and stone to add a fourth bust to the side of the mountain.
We are used to great accomplishments in tennis that usually come in droves. Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Agassi, Sampras, Michael Chang, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker. And now add these four greats to the mix. But the one who may need to add to his trophy case is possibly the greatest British tennis player of all time.
And he doesn't have a Grand Slam title to his credit.
A New York Times article released on Monday spoke about Murray and his pursuit of the elusive major title, stating, "The door is ajar, not yet open, but knocking or even lowering a shoulder will not necessarily get Andy Murray onto the court of contemporary tennis royalty."
And if he were to finally break through and conquer, then Murray’s status in tennis lore could forever be cemented. While the field is still great with talent and hope, having Djokovic and Federer in the field and Nadal out of action because of injury concerns, the door may be a little wider to get through for Murray; something he is well aware of.
And as two of the greats of this decade in Federer and Djokovic look to add to their trophy cases, the "outsider" will hopefully bring his gold medal and his determination to the hard courts of New York, which are best suited for his game.
And with that, the beginning of possibly a great run by Murray will begin—however, the run through his mother country and the world’s best helped to start get the ball rolling in the first place.