British tennis Player Andy Murray says he Might only have a few months left in competition

Andy Murray from Great Britain hinted that he might have just a limited time left in his tennis career after securing his second victory of 2024 in Dubai.

The 36-year-old emerged victorious over Canadian Denis Shapovalov with a score of 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

“I probably don’t have too long left but I’ll do as best as I can these last few months,” he said after the victory.

Murray finally ended his losing streak with a victory last week in Doha, marking his first win of the year.

“I still enjoy competing and playing the game, but it becomes more challenging as you age to maintain your physical fitness and energy,” he expressed.

There has been ongoing speculation about three-time Grand Slam champion Murray’s retirement since he had hip replacement surgery in 2019.

Despite facing challenges, Murray made a remarkable comeback on the court, securing another championship and making it to three additional finals, with the most recent one being against Daniil Medvedev in Doha last year.

In 2024, Murray faced a tough start, losing his first four matches of the season. He described it as a challenging time but emphasised his determination to keep going, dismissing retirement rumours.

He appeared to be struggling at the Australian Open, and in two later ATP Tour losses in France, but he expressed his determination to showcase his true potential.

Defeating world number 75 Alexandre Muller last week in Doha was a standout moment for Murray. However, he then faced a loss to 18-year-old Jakub Mensik, ranked 116th, in the second round, causing him to drop to 67th in the world rankings.

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While playing, Murray seemed to express his feelings to his team, but later downplayed the significance of his comments, stating that people often misinterpret his words during matches.

It’s fantastic to reach 500 hard-court victories before I retire

Having previously won at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Murray had to stage a comeback to defeat 120th-ranked Shapovalov in a tough match that lasted two hours and 33 minutes.

He achieved his 500th career victory on the hard court, placing him in the exclusive company of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andre Agassi.

“Clearly, hard courts have proven to be a strong surface for me throughout the years, and reaching 500 matches is a significant milestone. Yeah, I’m really proud of that achievement. “It’s fantastic to receive that before I finish,” he exclaimed.

Shapovalov, a former world number 10, fell out of the top 100 rankings due to a six-month injury break. Despite this setback, he made a strong start in the match, securing a break point and winning the opening set. Meanwhile, Murray displayed his frustration by smashing his racquet on the court.

Both players exchanged breaks in the second set, struggling to maintain a clear advantage. Murray ultimately won the tie-break to even the score.

The two-time Wimbledon champion proceeded to break in the first game of the deciding set, maintaining composure to secure the victory with his first match point as Shapovalov hit his return into the net.

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