A.more producing a 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 comeback against Oscar Otte on Wednesday, a game played under the lights of the center court with a sense of nostalgia, Andy Murray then withdrew from Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 loss to Denis Shapovalov on Friday.
That loss raised the question of his retirement again. Murray He almost retired once, but he defended himself from undergoing surgeries in 2018 and 2019, operations that mean he is now playing with a metal hip.
It seemed that the Scotsman was going to retire in 2019, so much so that a farewell video was prepared with messages from tennis legends and the rest of the members of what had been ‘The Big Four’. That came as a shock to the three-time Grand Slam champion, as he had never officially stated that he would hang up his racket. But it seemed that the end was near.
His return at Wimbledon 2021
Murray He was able to fight his nightmare of injuries, playing well in doubles and even winning another ATP men’s singles title at the 2019 European Open, his first since March 2017.
Through a wild card, he was able to get into Wimbledon in 2021 and spoke before the tournament about how excited he was.
“A few years ago, I thought I was never going to be able to play there again,” he told GQ.
“So even though the last 18 months have been difficult from a tennis perspective, I have still been able to play quite a bit.
“Unfortunately, I have not been at the level I want as regularly as I wanted, due to the injuries, but before the hip operation I had also come to terms with the fact that I would never play tennis again. So it has been hard.
“But I’m still excited to be there and have the opportunity to compete in events like Wimbledon.”
Murray hints at retirement
However, after withdrawing from Wimbledon in the third round, Murray he was more pessimistic when asked about his future.
“There’s a part of me that feels a bit like I’ve worked so hard in the last three months and, you know, in the end I didn’t play the way I wanted and hoped,” he said after his loss to Shapovalov.
“So it’s like, is it worth it?”
However, the truth is that a decision should not be expected any time soon. Murray It will surely take some time to think through your options and analyze your performances at Wimbledon last week once the dust has settled. Shapovalov played excellently and even peak Murray He could have fought the world number 10 in that way.
Perhaps his next focus may be on the other ATP events outside of the Grand Slams. Lifting another title, as he did in Belgium in 2019, would be special, no matter what event it takes place.