Tennis: Murray 'not likely' to play past summer

AFP , Wednesday 28 Feb 2024

Former world number one Andy Murray said on Wednesday he is "likely not going to play competitive tennis past this summer".

Andy Murray
Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates after beating Denis Shapovalov of Canada during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. AP


The British three-time Grand Slam champion, 36, has won just two of his eight matches this season and appears ready to put an end to his storied career.

Murray, who fell to French fifth seed Ugo Humbert 6-2, 6-4 in the Dubai second round on Wednesday, has not recorded back-to-back victories since September and has faced persistent questions over his future.

"I'm likely not going to play past this summer," he said.

"I get asked about it after every single match that I play, every single tournament that I play. I'm bored of the question, to be honest.

"I'm not going to talk more about that between now and whenever the time comes for me to stop.

"But yeah, I don't plan on playing much past this summer."

Murray, who has been playing with a metal hip since he underwent resurfacing surgery in 2019, hopes to compete at the French Open in May, which would be his first appearance at Roland Garros since 2020.

The Scot, who reached the final in Paris once in 2016, has played just 11 matches on clay in his last two campaigns and skipped the surface altogether in 2021.

"Last few years I've tried to give myself maybe better preparation for the grass season, but that also doesn't guarantee that you're going to play really well on the grass," said Murray.

"I've had experiences through my career where I didn't play the French Open in 2013 and I won Wimbledon.

"I also played the French Open and did really well in 2016.

"I don't think it makes a huge difference if you get an extra week's practice or so on the grass. So yeah, I would like to play (Roland Garros) one more time."

A two-time Olympic champion in 2012 and 2016, Murray says he is also eyeing the Paris Games, which will be staged on clay at Roland Garros after Wimbledon between July 27 and August 4.

"I like the tournament. I like playing at Roland Garros.

"Obviously if you want to do well at the Olympics, you probably are going to have to play some tournaments and get matches in on the clay.

"Yeah, even if the Olympics was not after Wimbledon, I would still want to play it."

Murray won the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 and also reached the final of the Australian Open five times.

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