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Andy Murray: I don’t plan on playing much past this summer

Andy Murray has given a big indicator on when he might retire, with the former No.1 suggesting that he is unlikely to play past the summer this year.

Murray was beaten by Ugo Humbert, 2-6 4-6, this afternoon in his second round match at the ATP 500 event in Dubai.

And in the press conference, the three-time major winner was asked about his future in the sport, a question that Murray admitted he was tired of, “Yeah, I mean, I’m likely not going to play past this summer.

“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. 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.”

Murray has also revealed his attention to compete at Roland Garros one last time, with the Brit only playing the tournament once in the past six years.

“Probably, yeah,” answered Murray about playing at Roland Garros. “Last few years I’ve tried to give myself maybe better preparation for the grass season, but that also doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to play really well on the grass.”

The 36-year-old continued, “I’ve had experiences through my career where I didn’t play the French Open in 2013 and I won Wimbledon. I also played the French Open and did really well in 2016.

“I don’t think it makes a huge difference if you get an extra week’s practice or so on the grass. So yeah, I would like to play one more time.”

It seems like Murray wants to play twice on the grounds of Roland Garros this year, with the Paris Olympic Games also being held on the clay.

“I like the tournament. I like playing at Roland-Garros. I mean, obviously if you want to do well at the Olympics, you probably are going to have to play some tournaments and get matches in on the clay,” explained the two-time Olympic gold medallist. “Even if the Olympics was not after Wimbledon, I would still want to play it.”

The Olympic Games tennis events take place between the 27th July-4th August, with Murray now heading to Indian Wells for a potential final time next week.

Inside the baseline…

It is a sad but unsurprising revelation from Andy Murray, who has hinted a lot recently that the end of his career is in sight. Hopefully the Brit can have another big run at a major tournament, with Wimbledon being the dream scenario for the former world No.1. And hopefully Murray can enjoy the last months of his career, as it has seemed that has not been the case in his latest tournaments.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.