Andy Murray Australian Open 2022

‘Going to play as much as I can’ – Defiant Andy Murray has no plans to retire any time soon

Andy Murray revealed he has no plans to retire and “doesn’t want to feel good just to train” but to “feel good playing matches”.

After staging an impressive return to the tour following a second hip surgery, three-time Grand Slam champion Murray has broken back into the ATP top 100 for the first time since June 2018.

This comes after an impressive Australian Summer which included him reaching his first final since 2019 at the Sydney International, before beating World number 21 Nikoloz Basilashvili in a gruelling five set thriller at the Australian Open that lasted just under four hours.

Although, Murray then went on to lose to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in the second round.

Despite his impressive performances and results, Murray deemed his trial with German coach Jan de Witt unsuccessful and has reappointed Stan Wawrinka’s coach Dani Vallverdu on another trial basis.

The duo enjoyed a successful spell between 2010 and 2014, a period where Murray won two of his three Slam titles and reached a further three Slam finals.

Murray also recently announced that he will skip the clay court season, including the French Open, as he turns his focus to Wimbledon. Murray’s reasoning is that clay courts have had a tendency to aggravate his injuries and “make issues worse.”

The British icon accepted a wildcard into the Rotterdam Open, the first ATP 500 event of the year and has been drawn against Alexander Bublik, who is fresh off the back of a Montpelier Open victory after beating World number three Alexander Zverev in the final.

Speaking before his opening match, Murray said “I’m 34 years old and with the problems I’ve had over recent years, I’ve got to be careful.

“But as long as I feel good and I’m healthy, I want to try and play.

“That’s why I went through all the recovery and training over the last few years.

“I don’t want to feel good just to train, I want to feel good in matches, so I’m going to keep trying to play as much as I can.”

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