Andy Murray admits he is ‘a big injury’ from retirement after battling back from major hip surgery… but insists he will be in ‘better shape’ ahead of the 2023 season
- Andy Murray has fought back from hip surgery to return to the ATP tour
- However, he believes he will retire if he suffers another major injury in his career
- Murray is preparing for the 2023 season by training in Florida
- He feels he is in ‘better shape’ heading into the new year as he looks to get in shape
Andy Murray has revealed he will retire from tennis if he suffers another ‘major injury’.
The Scot looked set to call it quits in 2019 when he broke down in tears after his first-round loss at the Australian Open and told reporters he needed major hip surgery.
However, he has since returned to the tour and is back in the top 50 in the world. The 35-year-old wants to continue as long as possible, but knows that another serious setback will likely end his playing days.
Andy Murray thinks he will retire from tennis if he suffers another serious injury in his career
‘If my body is in good shape and I can continue to compete, I will continue to play,’ said Murray.
‘But I can’t look ahead to my age and the issues I have. If I had a major injury, I probably wouldn’t try to come back from that.’
Murray won 26 of his 45 singles matches on the ATP tour in 2022, and reached two finals, losing both.
The three-time grand slam champion has had a poor year in the majors, however, failing to get past the third round in any of the three he has competed in.
Murray had a disappointing year at the Grand Slams in 2022, failing to get past the last-32
Murray feels he is in ‘better shape’ as he looks to return to his best in the 2023 season
Murray is used to playing at the business end of tournaments, but knows he needs to improve his conditioning to compete with the best.
Having spent time in the US in the off-season, Murray feels he is in ‘better shape’ heading into 2023, with the Australian Open starting in less than a month.
‘I spent three weeks in Florida, getting my body in shape and doing some work on my game and it’s been really good,’ added Murray.
‘I’m definitely in better shape than before. A lot of work has been done in the gym, trying to build up my stamina and endurance a bit and hopefully that will help me next year.’