Andy Murray hopes to play Olympics 2024 before retirement

The Briton is a two-time Olympic gold medalist

By Web Desk
February 28, 2024
Andy Murray reacts after clinching a gold medal at Olympics 2016. —  Reuters

British tennis icon Andy Murray revealed that he is hoping to play the Olympic Games which are scheduled to take place in Paris this year before calling time on his career.

Murray, who clinched gold in the men's singles at both London 2012 and Rio 2016, expressed his desire for another shot at Olympic glory during an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today Programme.

"Hopefully I can get the chance to compete at another one," Murray said.

The three-time Grand Slam champion regards his victory over Roger Federer in the 2012 final as the pinnacle of his career.

Although Murray had previously expressed uncertainties about his future in the sport, dating back to 2019, he revitalised his career following hip-resurfacing surgery.

"When the time is right I will probably say something before I play my last match and my last tournament," he said. "Whether I say anything months ahead of the time I don't know."

Despite a challenging start to the 2024 season, where he lost his first four matches and described himself as being in a "terrible moment," Murray remains determined not to give up.

"There's no right way of finishing your career and everyone is different so what might be the right way for [Roger] Federer might not be the right way for [Rafael] Nadal, might not be the right way for [Novak] Djokovic," he added.

The 2024 Paris Olympics are scheduled to commence on 24 July, shortly after the conclusion of Wimbledon, which runs from 1 July to 14 July.

Murray is set to face France's fifth seed, Ugo Humbert, in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championship on Wednesday, following his victory over Canada's Denis Shapovalov, marking his second win of 2024.

Earlier on Monday, Murray confirmed that he does not have much time left before bidding farewell to the sport he loves.

“People read a lot into what I say on the court sometimes and it’s not always rational,” he said after beating Denis Shapovalov in Dubai Tennis Championship.

“I still love competing, I still love the game. It gets harder and harder the older you get to compete with the young guys.

“It’s not easy, I probably don’t have too long left but I’ll do the best that I can these last few months.”