Andy Murray's Wimbledon career over after Emma Raducanu withdraws from doubles

Raducanu cited 'some stiffness' in her right wrist as the reason for her decision

By Web Desk
July 06, 2024
Andy Murray gestures after defeat in men's doubles. - AFP

Andy Murray's Wimbledon career ended following Emma Raducanu's withdrawal from their scheduled mixed doubles match.

The 37-year-old former world number one was set to partner with his compatriot on Saturday evening at the All England Club.

Raducanu cited "some stiffness" in her right wrist as the reason for her decision.

The 21-year-old progressed to the fourth round of the women's singles with a commanding two-set victory over Greek ninth seed Maria Sakkari on Friday.

"I have decided to make the very tough decision to withdraw from the mixed doubles," she said.

"I’m disappointed as I was really looking forward to playing with Andy but I've got to take care."

Murray, a two-time singles champion, was competing at Wimbledon for the final time before retiring later this year.

The Scot made his last SW19 appearance on Thursday, when he suffered as 7-6(6), 6-4 defeat in the 2024 Wimbledon men’s doubles alongside brother Jamie to John Peers and Rinky Hijikata.

After his defeat in men’s doubles, the 37-year-old legend was honoured by Wimbledon where a montage consisting of his legendary career was shown on the big screen. Names like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and others appeared in the video capturing the 37-year-old’ memorable time on the court.

"It wasn't something that I'd asked for," said Murray. "When I was making the decision around the singles, the club spoke to me and said they would like to do something after one of my matches here. I think if I'd played singles, then would do it after I potentially lost in the singles. If the singles doesn't happen, we'd like to have it after the first doubles match, regardless of the result.

"I'm thankful to them that they did it. I don't know, it feels like an ending to me. Whether I deserve it or not, I don't know. But they did a really, really good job."

He admitted that it is time to retire before adding that if it was upto him he would play but his body does not allow him to play like he used to anymore.

"I'm ready to finish playing," he added. "I don't want that to be the case. I would love to play, like I said, forever. But, today, even though it was a doubles match where physically it's obviously not as demanding, it's still really hard for me.

"My serve speeds and everything are like so far behind where they usually would be. I'm sure that would come back with time once I recover from the injury and everything.

"This year's been tough with the ankle, then obviously the back surgery, obviously the hip. I'm ready to finish playing because I can't play to the level that I would want to anymore. I know that it's time now. Yeah, I'm ready for that."