Andy Murray reveals when he will make retirement announcement as he makes a big promise to his fans

Shahida Jacobs
Andy Murray speaking in Doha
Andy Murray chats to the media during a press conference

Andy Murray has given a huge hint that this year’s Wimbledon won’t be his last tournament and he has also promised that he will not drop a bombshell and announce after the fact that he had already played his event, saying “I will probably say something before I play my last match”.

Just a week after he stated “this game is not for me anymore, it’s not for me anymore” during his defeat at the Qatar Open, Murray opened up about not having long left in the game during the Dubai Tennis Championship.

“I still love competing and still love the game, but it gets harder and harder the older you get to compete with the young guys and keep your body fit and fresh,” he said after his first-round win over Denis Shapovalov.

“Not easy, I probably don’t have too long left, but I’ll do as best as I can these last few months.”

Many have assumed that Murray will call it a day after this year’s Wimbledon, but the three-time Grand Slam winner’s latest comments suggest he plans to play until later in the year as he has set his sights on the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The former world No 1 is a two-time Olympic gold medallist as he won titles at the 2012 London Games and successfully defended his title four years later at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Murray said: “Hopefully I can get the chance to compete at another one.”

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The Paris Games will be staged after Wimbledon with Roland Garros hosting the tournament from July 27 until August 4.

Whether that will be Murray’s final tournament remains to be seen, but he has promised to make an announcement about his impending retirement before he plays his final tournament.

“When the time is right I will probably say something before I play my last match and my last tournament,” the tennis great said.

“Whether I say anything months ahead of the time I don’t know.”

He added: “There’s no right way of finishing your career and everyone is different so what might be the right way for [Roger] Federer might not be the right way for [Rafael] Nadal, might not be the right way for [Novak] Djokovic.”

If Murray does indeed retire after the Paris Olympics, then it will be 19 years after he made his professional debut as he played his first-ever ATP Tour match in April 2005.

The Scot went on to become world No 1 as he won two Wimbledon titles and one US Open crown and has 46 ATP Tour singles titles to his name.