Andy Murray reveals he has a surprise retirement date in his mind

Kevin Palmer
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Andy Murray has been battling to return to the top of the game since hip surgery in 2019, with many observers questioning why he is staying in the game as he struggles to match the best.

The former world No 1 and two-time former Wimbledon champion failed in his mission to earn a seeding for Wimbledon, despite winning two ATP Challenger events this month.

His comprehensive defeat against Alex de Minaur at the Queen’s Club Championships sparked fresh debate over his future in the sport.

Yet Murray has insisted he is ready to battle on, as he laid out a vision for when he will call time on his impressive career.

Murray had a taste of retirement during his battle to recover from his hip problems, and he told Sky Sports: “That’s an experience I went through where I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play again.

“So I certainly don’t want to put myself in that position – I want to finish my career on the tennis court. It’s something I have an idea about when it is I would like to stop and a plan for that – certainly nothing immediate.

“I’m very proud after what happened with my hip because I was at the peak of my career when the problem really started so it was a really tough few years for me but I also didn’t know when I was going to be able to compete at the highest level again after I had the operation.

“I’ve worked really, really hard with my team to get back to this point and give myself a chance to compete in the tournaments that I love and play at the highest level again.”

He was then asked whether this will be his last appearance at Wimbledon and he offered this response:

“I hope not, but you never know,” he conceded. “It’s why athletes need to make the most of it while they’re still able to because if I was to have another big injury or if something happened to the metal hip that would be me finished.

“I wouldn’t try to come back from another operation or major surgery again so I want to keep playing a bit longer.

“I know it’s not going to be going on forever but I have an idea of when I would like to finish and it’s not this year’s Wimbledon.

“I don’t know exactly which tournament it would be or where it will be.

“I just have an idea of how much longer I would like to play for and I don’t want to put myself in a position like before I had the operation. I want to finish on my own terms.

“I want to finish on the court where I feel I can still do myself justice and playing at a really high level. I definitely feel I can do that for a couple more years.”

If Murray does play for two more years, he would be pushing 38 by the time he hangs up his rackets, but that timeline could change if he fails to collect the wins he craves over the rest of 2023.

One thing seems certain – any suggestion that Murray will retire if he goes out of Wimbledon early this year can be banished for now.

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