Jamie Murray opens up about hopes to win a career Grand Slam and teaming up with Andy at Wimbledon
Jamie Murray admits he would love to play professional tennis after he turns 40, adding that he hopes to win a career Grand Slam and team up with brother Andy at Wimbledon before he eventually calls it a day.
The Scot is halfway to a career Grand Slam in the men’s doubles as he already won the Australian Open and US Open, both won in 2016 while in the mixed doubles he has three US Open and two Wimbledon titles to his name.
“I’d love to achieve a career Grand Slam before I stop,” he told The Scotsman in an interview.
While many players start thinking about retirement after they hit 30, the 34-year-old Murray hopes he will continue to play for another decade or so, provided he is “fit and healthy”, of course.
“I’m not thinking about the moment I have to stop and I don’t really want to, ” he said. “Older pros always say: ‘Play as long as you can’. As long as I’m fit and healthy, as long as my ranking enables me to compete in the biggest tournaments in the world, as long I’m still enjoying tennis, I fully intend to. Play into my 40s – why not?”
While Jamie has rarely struggled with injury problems during the course of his career, brother Andy has had multiple issues with his hip in recent years.
The former singles world No 1, who missed the bulk 2018 and 2019 seasons, hasn’t played competitive tennis since November last year, but the 32-year-old is hopeful of making another comeback once the season resumes.
Should Andy regain full fitness, Jamie hopes they can fulfil their childhood dream of playing together at Wimbledon.
“We don’t know what will happen with Andy’s hip but we hope he’s going to get back fit and healthy and get back on to the court. I haven’t seen him for a while – this break will give us the chance to catch up – but I know he’s been practising which is good news. We’ve always said we wanted to play Wimbledon one time together before we stop and hopefully we’ll get that chance.”
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