Andy Murray has said that he is determined to enjoy his “struggle” as he tries to turn his fortunes around at the French Open.
Murray has won just six matches since February and has made the worst start to a year by a world No 1 since Pete Sampras in 1999. However, he is determined to win his first title at the French Open since he reached the final 12 months ago
Speaking ahead of the tournament Murray said, “The last few months have not been good, obviously. I haven’t played well. I had a few issues, as well. I need to accept that I’m struggling and then find a way to get through it. I will get through it, I’m sure of that. When that happens, I don’t know. Hopefully it happens in a few days. If it doesn’t, maybe it happens during the grass.”
He added that his only option is to keep working and to try to understand what has been going wrong. He said that the situation is very frustrating but that “you have to try to enjoy this part of what we do as well because the struggles are part of what make the good times so enjoyable. I need to enjoy my struggle a little bit just now and that will help me get through it quicker, I believe.”
Murray suffered from shingles earlier in the year and he had a virus in March before he was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open with an elbow injury.
While he was unable to practise at the start of last week due to a lingering cough, he has insisted that he is ready for the tournament.
He added, “It’s been frustrating, obviously, because it’s the third time this year where I’ve missed days or been in bed for a few days.”