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Andy Murray wants one last shot at Olympics before retiring

Andy Murray would relish the chance to play at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, as he enters what will likely be the final few months of his tennis career.

Murray has a fine record at the Olympics, winning gold in the men’s singles tournament at London 2012 before doing likewise at Rio 2016. He also took silver in the mixed doubles event in 2012 while playing alongside Laura Robson, losing to Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi in the gold medal match.

Only three tennis players have ever won more Olympic gold medals than Murray, with Venus and Serena Williams taking four apiece and Brit Reginald Doherty winning three at the 1900 and 1908 Games.

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Murray acknowledged earlier this week that he is entering the final stages of his glittering career, suggesting he only had “a few months” left on the ATP Tour.

Injury forced Murray to withdraw from the men’s singles tournament at Tokyo 2020, and the 36-year-old would love to make up for lost time by competing in Paris this year.

Reflecting on his Olympic successes on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme on Wednesday, Murray said: “Hopefully I can get the chance to compete at another one.”

Rumours regarding Murray’s retirement have been rife throughout his difficult start to 2024, and he says he will likely make an announcement in advance of his final tournament.

“There’s no right way of finishing your career and everyone is different,” he said.

“What might be the right way for [Roger] Federer might not be the right way for [Rafael] Nadal and might not be the right way for [Novak] Djokovic.

“When the time is right, I will probably say something before I play my last match and my last tournament. Whether I say anything months ahead of the time, I don’t know.”

Harry Carr
Harry Carr
Harry is a freelance sports journalist with experience of working for the Racing Post, Stats Perform, Opta Analyst and more, covering major events across all sports but holding a particular love for the beautiful game.
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