Monday, April 15, 2024

Andy Murray drops main retirement trace after hitting massive milestone in Dubai



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Andy Murray seemingly very brazenly indicated that he simply has “just a few months left” earlier than his tennis profession involves an finish. 

On Monday, 36-year-old Murray began his marketing campaign at an ATP 500 occasion in Dubai with a notable 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-3 comeback win over Denis Shapovalov. For Murray, it was his five hundredth ATP match win on laborious courts. 

After beginning the 2024 season with 4 consecutive defeats, former world No. 1 Murray has now gained two matches over the past two weeks and now owns a 2-5 file on the 12 months. During the last couple of months, Murray – who additionally misplaced 4 of his final matches of 2023 – hasn’t had a lot success and a few of his statements from latest months have led to rumors that the Briton could also be retiring after this season ends. 

In Dubai, Murray appeared to drop one other massive retirement trace.

“I in all probability haven’t got too lengthy left however I will do as finest as I can these previous couple of months. I nonetheless love competing and nonetheless love the sport but it surely will get tougher and tougher to compete the older you get, to maintain your physique match and recent,” Murray stated after his win over Shapovalov.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray© Getty Pictures Sport – Kelly Defina

 

Murray addresses a reported retirement remark from Doha 

Final week, Murray defeated Alexandre Muller in Doha for his first win of the season earlier than dropping to Jakub Mensik within the round-of-16. Through the loss to Jakub Mensik within the Doha round-of-16, Murray appeared to inform his group that “this recreation will not be for me anymore.” After arriving in Dubai, Murray dismissed that by saying: “Individuals learn quite a bit into what I say on the courtroom and it isn’t at all times rational.”

Andy Murray
Andy Murray© Getty Pictures Sport – Julian Finney

 

Following a round-of-16 outing in Doha, three-time Grand Slam champion Murray has now been via to the Dubai round-of-16. In his subsequent match, Murray performs towards the winner of the match between Gael Monfils and Ugo Humbert. For Murray, clinching back-to-back wins in Dubai and reaching his first ATP quarterfinal since 2023 February would definitely be enormous.

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