Ten years on from winning his maiden major at Flushing Meadows, Andy Murray has rejected calls for his retirement as he gears up for a US Open return this month. The three-time Grand Slam champion is playing the Citi Open this week in the latest leg of his preparation for New York and gets underway against Mikael Ymer on Monday.
Injuries have prevented Murray from contesting major tournaments as much as he would have liked in recent years, having failed to advance past the third round of a Grand Slam since 2017. But the world No. 50 has displayed signs of a resurgence in 2022 and is eager to show that, even at 35 years of age, this old dog can add some new tricks to his arsenal.
“There’s a lot of people that feel like maybe I shouldn’t be playing,” he told the Washington Post. “But I love tennis, and I love competing, and I feel like I can get better than where I am today. If I reach that point where I don’t feel like I can improve or that things are maybe going backward, then that would maybe change where I’m at.”
Murray ended a six-year wait for a grass-court final when he reached the decider of June’s Stuttgart Open, where Matteo Berrettini bested him over three sets. The Brit beat Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to that runner-up finish in Germany, the best evidence yet to suggest he can still contend against top-10-calibre talent.
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