Andy Murray: I do not want this year to be my Wimbledon farewell


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The only thing the press gets right in Britain, is sport, that's it from the Guardian to the Telegraph. Link to article The mentioning of Social Media is interesting, Social Media has been a massive negative to tennis in my opinion, too many trolls and abusers.

More comments outside of this site eluding to this but the general consensus here is, have fun and retire on your own terms.
"Sign of a champion is knowing when to quit. Andy seems to be clinging on in the hope that his broken body might elevate him to his previous standards. That's a false hope and painful to witness. Time to bow our graciously. "

Andy Murray says that he knows when he wants to retire from the tennis circuit – but it will not be this summer, barring some unforeseen setback.

At 36, Murray’s determination to wring the last drops out of his career tends to draw mixed reactions, with some observers praising his resilience while others wonder why he bothers.

But Murray says that he is influenced by the advice of older players, who invariably tell him to put off retirement as long as possible. According to the retirees, nothing can replace the thrill of performing in front of a crowd.

Asked if next week’s Wimbledon could be his last, Murray replied: “I hope not, but you never know. Athletes need to make the most of it while they’re still able to.

“If I were to have another big injury or something happened with the metal hip, that would be me finished. I wouldn’t try and come back from another operation.

“I want to keep playing a bit longer I know it’s not going to be going on forever, but I have an idea when I’d like to finish, and it’s not this year’s Wimbledon.”

‘I don’t want to finish with an injury or where I cannot play properly’​

In an interview with Sky News, Murray acknowledged that there is an element of uncertainty when you reach your late 30s.

“I don’t want to leave too soon,” he said, “but I’m also aware that – after everything that I went through – I don’t want to finish with an injury or where I’m not able to play properly.

“I want to finish on the court and I want to finish on my own terms. I still think I am doing myself justice. I can still play at a really high level, I definitely feel I can do that for a couple more years.”

Murray’s ranking has been inching up slowly – he is listed at No 39 in Monday’s chart, his highest figure since he underwent hip surgery – but that was frustratingly not quite high enough to earn him a place among Wimbledon’s 32 seeds.

As a result, he will be at the mercy of Friday’s draw, with the possibility of playing anyone from a qualifier to his old rival Novak Djokovic.

Whatever happens, he will probably be scheduled on Centre Court for his first-round match, and can expect tumultuous support from the home crowd.

It is the social-media trolls – not the genuine tennis fans – who tend to snipe away at Murray’s late-career period, even though his pair of five-set epics in Australia have supplied some of this season’s most memorable moments already.

Asked if he can sympathise with Nick Kyrgios – who recently revealed that he had experienced suicidal thoughts – Murray replied “It doesn’t surprise me that athletes struggle with mental health.

“Individual sports are difficult. You are putting yourself out there every single week.

“Sometimes when you’re on tour it can be a lonely place, when you’re sitting in hotel rooms, and you’ve had tough losses, and you’re away from friends and family, you can have tough moments.”

“[There is] the whole social media side of things, which 15 or 20 years ago wasn’t an issue, but that’s also not easy. You get back to your room and look at Twitter or Instagram and you’re receiving tons of abuse when you’re already not in a great place.”