Andy Murray shares his retirement fears and makes decision over becoming TV pundit | Tennis | Sport


Andy Murray has revealed he fears filling his time when he retires because he still loves tennis. But he insists he won’t become a TV pundit because “there is no needle in the analysis”.

The Scot, 37, is expected to issue an update on his fitness tomorrow after undergoing back surgery yesterday.

The triple Grand Slam champion is in a race against time to get fit for Wimbledon which starts next Monday, July 1.

Murray announced in February that he did not plan to “play much past summer” and said playing a final Wimbledon and Olympics would be a “fitting” farewell.

“The thing that is difficult,” Murray told the Times. “For most people, in most jobs, retirement is seen as a positive thing. They retire at a specific age, it’s something to look forward to — a time to put your feet up and enjoy the rest of your life. But I don’t see it like that. I’m not happy about it.

“I still feel young. I won’t want to stop playing but, obviously, if I’m not getting the results I want and my body’s not feeling good, that draws you to conclude about whether you should keep going — or stop.

“I’m aware that it’s going to be difficult for me when that time comes. Because this gives you a lot. I invest a lot of my mental energy on tennis. Waking in the morning with a routine? To better yourself? That’s a huge motivation, every single day. And when that’s not there, it’s going to be hard to replace.

“And I’m sure there will be other things in life that I will grow to love, enjoy and become motivated by. But right now? I still love tennis.”

Asked by the Sunday Times what he will do when he retires, he says he could “potentially” become a coach even in football or golf. Tim Henman claimed today he has the tactical understanding to help top players.

But Murray won’t be joining his fellow former British No.1 as a BBC pundit at Wimbledon or anywhere else. The Scot did a stint in the commentary box for the 2018 quarter-final epic between Rafa Nadal and Juan Del Potro and later admitted: “It was an amazing match but it was so long. It was for five hours.”

Murray said: “I’ve done it before but didn’t particularly enjoy it. Everyone agrees with each other all the time — there is no needle in the analysis and I don’t think it’s entertaining, or the best for the sport. One thing I like about football is they disagree.”

The Scot famously got into trouble back in 2006 when he jokingly claimed he would support Anyone But England at the World Cup. His wife Kim is English and they live in Surrey. Asked if he will support England once Scotland go out, Murray said: “I’d probably get in trouble from my wife and children if I didn’t support England.”



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