Every word Andy Murray has said about his upcoming retirement from tennis



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Andy Murray beat Tomas Martin Etcheverry in Miami on Friday (Picture: Getty)

How long does two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray have left in tennis before his retirement?

There is much speculation over Murray’s plans to retire and the 36-year-old, who plays with a metal hip, has faced many questions over his future in the sport.

Former world No.1 Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner, has already said that he does not plan on playing much past this summer and is approaching the end.

Murray wants to feature at the Olympics – taking place from July 26 to August 11 – but he will only compete if he feels he’s got a real chance of landing a medal.

Here’s everything British legend Murray has said about hanging up his racket so far as he finally approaches the end of his career.

‘I am looking forward to the end’

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Andy Murray has now played the Miami Open for the final time (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after he lost to Tomas Machac at the Miami Open on Sunday, Murray said: ‘[It is] the last match that I am going play here, which is sad, because I love it here. I’ve spent so much of my tennis career here and I would have liked it to have gone on a little bit longer.

‘This tournament particularly for me is an important one so it was a bit more emotional leaving the court today than it might be at some of the other events. I am looking forward to the end now, give my best the next few months and get to be at home with my family.

‘Miami has been a special place for me during my career. It’s been my tennis home really. I’ve done so much of my work and training and preparation here. I love the city.’

‘I’m likely not going to play past this summer’

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British hero Andy Murray is set for his final summer in tennis (Picture: Getty)

‘Yeah, I mean, I’m likely not going to play past this summer,’ Murray said last month.

‘I get asked about it after every single match that I play, every single tournament that I play. I’m bored of the question, to be honest.

‘Yeah, I’m not going to talk more about that between now and whenever the time comes for me to stop. But yeah, I don’t plan on playing much past this summer.’

Olympics set to be last event?

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Andy Murray is keen to feature at the Olympic Games in Paris (Picture: Getty)

Speaking about his chances of featuring at the Games in Paris, Murray said: ‘I would love the chance to play in another Olympics but also genuinely only if I felt like there was a chance of winning a medal.

‘We have top doubles players and also Jack [Draper], Cam [Norrie] and Evo [Dan Evans] in singles as well. I don’t want to be in a position where I’m getting selected to play there just because it might be the last tournament that I play.

‘The [retirement] decision is my decision to be made, not anyone else’s. I don’t see why there should be a keenness for people to stop doing what it is that they enjoy doing.’

‘It’s getting harder and harder’

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Andy Murray has vowed to give his ‘best’ in his ‘last few months’ (Picture: Getty)

After beating Denis Shapovalov at the Dubai Tennis Championships in February, Murray said: ‘Look, I obviously still love competing.

‘I still love the game but it’s getting harder and harder the older you get, to compete with the young guys, keep your body fit and fresh.

‘Yeah, it is not easy. I probably don’t have too long left but I will do as best as I can these last few months.’

‘This game’s not for me anymore’

Murray recently mouthed ‘this game’s not for me anymore’ after losing to a player half his age in Qatar.

He was also forced to defend his legacy in the sport earlier this year after a journalist accused the two-time Wimbledon champion of tarnishing his reputation with poor results.

‘Tarnishing my legacy? Do me a favour,’ Murray said. ‘I’m in a terrible moment right now I’ll give you that. Most people would quit and give up in my situation right now. But I’m not most people and my mind works differently.

‘I won’t quit. I will keep fighting and working to produce the performances I know I’m capable of. The only way to find solutions [is] to win matches. It can also be played out in training, working on your game and sensations.

‘At the moment, without a doubt, it is not easy to compete. But what is happening now does not affect my career. No number of defeats will change what I achieved when I was in shape and with two hips. But when you can’t win, you also lose confidence. I’ve never experienced that in my career.’

‘I have an idea when I would like to finish’

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It seems he has already played the Australian Open for the final time (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after he lost in the first round of the Australian Open in January, meanwhile, Murray said: ‘It’s definitely a possibility that is the last time I play here.

‘I have an idea when I would like to finish playing. But so much of that depends on how you’re playing.

‘The time frame for that narrows when you play and have results like [that]. It’s the nature of the performances that make you question things.’

Will Murray step into coaching?

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Andy Murray would be open to coaching Emma Raducanu (Picture: Getty)

Former British No.1 Tim Henman was quizzed about Murray’s future this week in an interview with Sky Sports.

Henman said: ‘If you’re saying to me which avenue is he going to take, would he go down a television or a coaching role?

‘I would say my opinion is he is more likely to go down a coaching route, but he’s got family with four young kids, and I’m sure he’ll take some time to relax when he does eventually hang up the racket.’

In 2022, Murray revealed the names of four tennis players he would be open to coaching once he retires from the sport – which included Emma Raducanu.

‘He’s still a spring chicken!’

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Naomi Broady insists ‘there’s life in the old dog yet’ (Picture: Getty)

Former British star Naomi Broady also shared her thoughts on Murray and said: ‘He’s still a spring chicken. We’re all wondering when he’s going to retire, but there’s life in the old dog yet!

‘I think one of the main reasons why he came back from his hip surgery so strongly was because one of the doctors said to him ‘you’re never going to play tennis again’. He took that to heart and said ‘I am going to show you and prove you wrong and I am going to get back on court’.

‘He is back at the top of his game even though he’s not world No 1, but he’s earning his right to play at these tournaments through his ranking.

‘He’s not getting in there off wildcards and riding the coat-tails of his past successes, so leave the man be. He’s earned the right to be there and he’s still beating a lot of the best players in the world so leave him to retire as and when he wants.’

‘Andy Murray is a legend’

Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz hailed Murray last week after the veteran posted on social media that he ‘loved’ watching the young Spanish No.2 play tennis.

‘I enjoy it if people enjoy watching my matches. It’s pretty cool,’ Alcaraz said about Murray’s comment. ‘I think for me it’s even better if a legend like Andy says something like this, that he enjoys watching my matches. It’s crazy, honestly.’

‘He has seen a lot of tennis during his career. Seeing these words from him for me is great. It’s something I try to do in every match.’

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