Andy Murray Unlikely to Play Past Summer but Hopes to Compete at Paris Olympics

Andy Murray suggests that he may retire from tennis after the summer but expresses hope to compete at the Olympics in Paris.


Andy Murray's Retirement Plans

Andy Murray, the former world No 1, stated that it is unlikely he will continue playing tennis beyond the summer. After achieving only his second victory in eight matches in 2024 by defeating Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the Dubai Open, the three-time Grand Slam champion indicated that he may only have a few months left in his playing career.

Despite this, Murray expressed his hope to compete at the Olympics in Paris this summer. The tennis tournament begins on July 27, shortly after Wimbledon. Murray previously won gold for Great Britain in the men's singles event at London 2012 and Rio 2016, and he would like to seize another opportunity to participate in the Olympics.

Murray's Recent Performance and Disappointment

Following his interview with the BBC about his Olympic aspirations, Murray faced a defeat in the second round of the Dubai Open against Ugo Humbert. Losing in straight sets to the world No. 18, Murray was visibly disheartened, uttering phrases like 'I don't have a clue what I'm doing' during the match.

Murray shared his frustration with being constantly asked about his retirement plans after each match and tournament. He expressed his boredom with the question, emphasizing that he is unlikely to play past this summer.

Retirement Decision and Future Plans

Although Murray initially raised the possibility of retirement five years ago, he rejuvenated his career through hip-resurfacing surgery in January 2019. While he has competed at a good level since then, achieving victories against highly-ranked opponents, he has not made it past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament.

Regarding the announcement of his retirement, Murray mentioned that there is no definite right time for him to do so. He will likely communicate his decision either in advance or before playing his last match and tournament. Murray acknowledged that every player has a different approach to retiring, citing examples such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.