No retirement talk from Andy Murray as he sets sights on title wins and hopes ‘next year will be a good one’

Andy Murray press conference

Any fears that Andy Murray would consider retirement following a poor French Open has been put to bed by the man himself as says he “wants to try and win tournaments” and is hopeful “next year will be a good one”.

After suffering a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Stan Wawrinka in the first round at Roland Garros, seven-time Grand Slam winner and former world No 1 Mats Wilander suggested the Scot needs to consider his playing future.

Mats Wilander questions why Andy Murray is still playing on what feels like his farewell tour

“I worry about Andy Murray,” Wilander told Eurosport. “I would love to hear him say why he is out there, giving us a false sense of hope that he is going to come back one day.”

He added: “I think Andy Murray needs to stop thinking of himself and start thinking about who he was. Does he have a right to be out there taking wildcards from the young players?”

The tennis community, though, dismissed Wilander’s comments with Murray’s former coaches Alex Corretja and Dani Vallverdu, as well as Nick Kyrgios and tennis legend Chris Evert coming to the three-time Grand Slam winner’s defence.

And if Murray’s fans feared Wilander’s remarks would lead to the 33-year-old throwing in the towel over the next few months, then they can relax.

The former world No 1 will return to action in Cologne this week, but he is setting his sights on bigger and better things in 2021.

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“It will be good to hopefully get a few tournaments over the next few weeks and get some matches in. I think they’ve done a really good job here with the venue and everything,” he said. “It’s really nice. I’m hoping I can perform better than I did in Paris.

“I want to try and win tournaments. Indoor hard courts has been a good surface for me. It’s obviously quite a tough draw here but that’s what I want to do. I want to try and win. That’s the goal.

“I am hoping that over these next few months with more matches, more tournaments and a training period going in to the new year, that next year will be a good one.”

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