Andy Murray reveals latest on Olympic chances with retirement date uncertain

Andy Murray has previously revealed he is unlikely to play on past this summer (Getty Images)
Andy Murray has previously revealed he is unlikely to play on past this summer (Getty Images)

Andy Murray won’t be playing at the Paris Olympics unless he can win a medal.

The former world No1 looks likely to bow out from tennis at the end of the summer with the Games seen as a possible swan song.

But Murray told The Times: “I would love the chance to play in another Olympics but also genuinely only if I felt like there was a chance of winning a medal.

“I’m also very conscious that because of how amazing my experiences at the Olympics have been, I would want to be there by right and not just to take one of the other guys’ spots because it is a brilliant opportunity.

“We have top doubles players and also Jack [Draper], Cam [Norrie] and Evo [Dan Evans] in singles as well. I don’t want to be in a position where I’m getting selected to play there just because it might be the last tournament that I play.

“That’s why there is a bit of uncertainty about the summer because I’m not sure what will happen with that.”

The Olympics would be a fitting farewell for Murray. He won singles gold at London 2012 and again at the Rio Games in 2016.

He would be well down the pecking order for a singles berth currently but could be an option alongside Joe Salisbury, with whom he reached the men’s doubles quarter-finals at the last Olympics in Tokyo. He also won a mixed doubles silver alongside Laura Robson at London 2012.

Murray readily admitted he was tired of answering questions about his future but that it was still “not an easy decision to know exactly when that will be or when it should be”.

He said: “The decision is my decision to be made, not anyone else’s. I don’t see why there should be a keenness for people to stop doing what it is that they enjoy doing.”