Andy Murray on future retirement: Might ‘just stop’ playing rather than announce end to career

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Andy Murray has admitted a fairytale end to his professional career may not be on the cards and he is unsure whether he would announce any retirement from the sport.

The 35-year-old suffered a second-round exit against fellow Briton Cameron Norrie at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, where he won the opening set before struggling with missed chances and cramp during a three-set defeat in Cincinnati.

Serena Williams announced earlier this month she was “evolving away from the sport”, although did not specifically set a retirement date, while Murray has yet to decide how he will handle the end of his career.

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“There’s part of it when you announce that you’re retiring that I imagine psychologically it’s quite difficult as well,” Murray said. “There’s a lot of pressure then I think as well.

“You want to perform and because it’s the last couple of tournaments, probably the whole situation puts a lot of stress on the performance. I don’t know, I don’t really know to be honest.

“I don’t know whether I would announce something or whether I would just stop and that would be it.”

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Murray has been hampered by injuries in recent seasons and previously considered retirement after hip surgery, but the three-time Grand Slam champion is not concerned about the location of where and when he eventually calls time on his career.

“When I had the injury problems a few years ago and didn’t know whether I was going to be able to play, like what happened in Australia was kind of, you know maybe, always envisaged finishing my career in the UK or whatever,” Murray added.

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Murray said his body is feeling the best it has felt ‘in a really long time’ after defeating Stan Wawrinka in the first round in Cincinnati

“But when I played that match against (Roberto) Bautista (Agut) like I said to my team, if that was it and I don’t get to play again, I was more than happy with that being my last match. Because it was an amazing atmosphere, a great match.

“I fought right to the end, until I basically could hardly walk at the end and left everything out on the court. For me that would have been fine with how it finished.”

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