Tennis-Murray keen to play Paris Olympics despite retirement talk

  • Tennis
  • Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024

Tennis - ATP 500 - Dubai Tennis Championships - Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 26, 2024 Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning his round of 32 match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Rula Rouhana/ File photo

LONDON (Reuters) -Andy Murray hopes to challenge for a third Olympic gold medal in Paris this year despite a run of poor form and the likelihood that he is just months from the end of his illustrious career.

The 36-year-old British player, the only man ever to win two Olympic singles titles, has struggled for victories in recent months and is currently ranked 67th in the world.

Until a victory against Alexandre Muller in Doha this month, Murray had been on a six-match losing streak and on Wednesday said he would probably not play beyond the summer.

"Hopefully I can get the chance to compete at another one," Murray told BBC Radio Four's Today programme on Wednesday when asked whether he would be present at the Paris Olympics.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray won singles golds at London 2012 and in Rio de Janeiro four years later but could be in danger of missing out on qualification for the singles in Paris if his ranking continues to slide.

Murray's immediate target will be finding some form for Wimbledon, which many have suggested might be the logical place for him to bring the curtain down on his career.

The Scot enjoyed an encouraging victory over Canada's Denis Shapovalov at the Dubai Championships on Monday but lost to France's Ugo Humbert on Wednesday.

After that defeat, Murray said: "I'm likely not going to play past this summer. I get asked about it after every single match that I play, every single tournament that I play.

"I'm bored of the question, to be honest."

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar and Tomasz Janowski)

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