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  • Andy Murray failed to advance past third round of any Grand Slam during 2023 
  • The 36-year-old has also endured a difficult pre-season with injury niggles 
  • Murray revealed he would love to keep going if things are going well on court

Andy Murray has warned that 2024 could be his last year as a tennis player if he faces a repeat of the last 12 months.

The 36-year-old Scot’s 20th season on the ATP Tour begins on Monday with a match against second seed Grigor Dimitrov at the Brisbane International in Australia.

But two-time Wimbledon champion Murray admits he didn’t enjoy much of last year on the circuit, winning just two matches in his final five events.

It culminated in a shoulder injury, illness and a bruised knee which has made for a ‘tricky’ pre-season, and he revealed that this year could be the final one of his glittering career if he feels he’s not performing well in matches or is struggling physically.

‘If I was in a situation like I was at the end of last year, then I probably wouldn’t go again,’ Murray told BBC Sport.

Andy Murray hints 2024 could be his last year on tour after an injury-hit 12 months… as the three-time Grand Slam champion admits he ‘probably wouldn’t go again’ unless his fortunes improve on court

Andy Murray has admitted he could be starting the final year of his professional tennis career

Murray failed to advance past the third round of any of the Grand Slam tournaments in 2023

Murray failed to advance past the third round of any of the Grand Slam tournaments in 2023 

‘But then if physically I’m doing well and my results are good and I’m playing well, then that’s enjoyable and I could see myself still playing.

‘We’ll see how the year goes, see how the body holds up. If things are going well, I’d love to keep going. But, if they’re not, and I’m not enjoying it, it could be the last year, yes.’

Murray, who flew to Australia on Boxing Day after enjoying a large family gathering including mum Judy and brother Jamie on Christmas Day, said there had been a few recent setbacks which had hampered his progress ahead of the new season.

‘I had the shoulder injury before Davis Cup [in November] so I wasn’t able to serve for a few weeks, and then there’s obviously a gradual build-up to being able to serve full out,’ he said.

‘And also I got quite sick literally just as I was leaving to go to Dubai (for warm-weather training), so that made things a bit tricky – and I had a bruised meniscus in my knee which also restricted me from doing certain things.

‘I was able to still practise and do lots of training but it’s just there was certain stuff I wasn’t able to do – like playing points and full-out sprinting and changes of direction.

‘So it’s not been that straightforward but, the last 10 days or so, I’ve managed to get more of that in. There are signs in practice that my level is good enough.’

Murray’s frustrations in the latter part of the year came to a head in Paris in October when he smashed his racquet after failing to convert match points and a 5-2 third-set lead over Alex de Minaur for the second time in a month.

Murray endured a frustrating end to 2023 and smashed his racket in a defeat to Alex De Minaur

Murray endured a frustrating end to 2023 and smashed his racket in a defeat to Alex De Minaur

The 36-year-old suggested he will continue playing as long as he is enjoying it on the court

The 36-year-old suggested he will continue playing as long as he is enjoying it on the court

‘When you’ve played right at the highest level, it’s not that easy when you are going through periods where you are losing in first rounds, and maybe losing matches that you probably should have won,’ he admitted.

‘Part of that is psychological, but part of it is also where my game was at as well.

‘I served particularly poorly in the latter part of the season and getting cheap points on my serve has been a big part of my game over my career. I’m hoping some of the improvements I made in the off-season will help me in those situations and obviously mentally I need to do a better job as well.

‘But then, at the same time, a couple of years ago if someone had offered me that I’d been playing at top-40 level in the world when I had been struggling with my hip, I would have been happy with that.

‘But it is hard, mentally, so I need to do a better job of putting things in perspective this year and be a little bit easier on myself.’



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