Andy Murray shares emotional dream with ‘last one’ claim as retirement lurks

Andy Murray says he has ‘a retirement date in mind’ ahead of Wimbledon

Andy Murray is aiming to play his fifth and final Olympics in Paris next summer. The Scot, 36, won gold in the singles in 2012 and 2016 but had to pull out injured in Tokyo before losing in the quarter-finals of the doubles. But he is targeting one final hurrah at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with a hat-trick in sight.

Speaking after beating Chinese wildcard Ye Cong Mo 7-5, 6-3 at the Zhuhai Championships, Murray said: “I’d love to play another Olympics. I have had thrilling experiences throughout my career at the Olympics.

“I’ve loved every single one that I’ve been involved in. I was really disappointed with the last one and I would love another opportunity to play next year in Paris. It would be my fifth Olympics and most likely the last one.”

The three-time Grand Slam winner has history in the Olympics, winning the Gold medal singles match on home turf in 2012 against Roger Federer. He then repeated the feat in 2016, overcoming Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.

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But in attempting to claim a hat-trick in Tokyo, he was forced to pull out injured before his doubles campaign came to an end in the last-eight. It is clear that for Murray, he has unfinished business and now, the three-time Grand Slam winner is eyeing a final hurrah in the Olympics by playing at Paris 2024 next year.

It comes just days after Murray helped Great Britain earn their place in the Final 8 of the Davis Cup with a thrilling victory over France. He could be seen celebrating wildly after Dan Evans and Neal Skupski defeated Nicholas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, showing his passion for the British game burns stronger than ever.

And in his own playing career on the tour, former world No 1 Murray has hauled himself back up the ATP Rankings after falling off the grid following his injury troubles.

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While he is yet to make it past the third round of a Major since 2017, when he reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, his impressive results in ATP Challenger events have propelled him to 41st in the singles’ rankings in the most recent update.

It would represent a remarkable feat for Murray to add a third gold medal to his trophy cabinet after having a metal plate in his hip. Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are likely to be taking part, which would make it a tall order for Murray to win.

But the veteran star, who was seeded seventh for the Zhuhai Championships, looked comfortable enough in beating Chinese wildcard Ye Cong Mo 7-5, 6-3 in China.

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