Andy Murray’s return to tennis has been lauded by his recent opponent Max Purcell, who also revealed a locker room chat between the pair.
The duo met at the Hall of Fame Open earlier this month, four days after Purcell lifted the Wimbledon men’s doubles trophy alongside Matthew Ebden.
Former world No.1 Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is currently working his way back up the ATP singles rankings after years of injury struggles.
After Monday’s latest update, Murray finds himself at world No.50 as he looks to build up as many points as possible ahead of the US Open in New York.
The 35-year-old British hero has reached two ATP Tour finals in 2022, coming at the Sydney International in January and Stuttgart Open in June.
He suffered an early Wimbledon exit this year and has hinted he could soon retire, recently revealing that he would be open to coaching young Brit Emma Raducanu.
But for now Murray is still playing and trying to work his way back to the top, something that Purcell finds hugely admirable.
‘He was nice after the match, he said a few things to the coach who was working with me,’ Purcell told Metro Sport after Murray’s 4-6 6-2 6-1 victory.
‘I chatted with him a little bit, when we were dealing with our cramps after the match. I asked him how his legs were! Then he asked what I was doing next.
‘He was cramping up at the end [of our match], but he was too good closing me out.
‘To come back and still play after his hip [problems], knowing he won’t be as good as he was, but to still go out there and want to keep playing and competing, I don’t know many people who would do that.
‘He must just love tennis and love competing that much. With him donating all his [Wimbledon] prize money to the Ukraine fund, that’s a pretty special thing to do.
‘I know Andy more than the other guys [Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer] just as the Brits have a similar sense of humour to us Australians, so I find myself close to the Brits on Tour.’