Andy Murray has revealed when he intends to call time on his incredible professional career.
Murray insists that he will only retire when he feels that he truly is just going backwards as a player.
He still feels he has something to add to the ATP Tour and makes it clear that he will retire on his own time.
After suffering a last-eight defeat to Alexander Bublik at the Hall of Fame Open earlier this year, Murray was philosophical on his future and the grass swing.
Bublik avenged his defeat to Murray in Stuttgart with a 7-5, 6-4 victory at the final grass court tournament of the 2022 ATP Tour.
Murray admitted that he was disappointed to lose at Wimbledon and Newport but believes there have been plenty of positives over the last few months.
The former World No 1 also outlined his approach to the rest of his career saying that he will keep playing as long as he feels like he is progressing.
“It was disappointing,” Murray said after his latest defeat. “(The) first set came down to a couple of points and then I had a few opportunities in the second. But I thought he played a pretty solid match.
“(I want) to continue to improve. If I keep seeing progress I’ll continue to keep playing.”
Murray wass hopeful of returning more positive results as the tour headed back to North America ahead of the US Open.
“The grasscourt season as a whole there were some good moments, but also some tough ones,” Murray said.
“Today’s match and the loss at Wimbledon were disappointing and frustrating for me, but then I also had my best wins in a while in Stuttgart.
“So a bit up and down, but a little bit of progress overall and I’ll try and keep that going through the hard-court summer.”
He wasn’t able to build form in North America as he was plagued by a cramping problem
Murray generated considerable buzz at the outset of the grass swing after deep runs at Surbiton and Stuttgart but niggling injuries, cramps and fitness have raised doubts about whether he will fulfill the promise of adding to his 46 career titles.
He recorded his first top-five win since his return to the court after hip replacement surgery when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Stuttgart and also saw off eventual Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios before losing the final to a red-hot Matteo Berrettini.
Murray has surprised many with how competitive he has been since his return and could still be a danger in the coming months if he can stay injury-free.
He faded as the season wore on and the grass court swing proved to be the peak of his season.
Murray has battled back into the top 50 in the ATP Rankings but many have rightly questioned whether he will find title-winning form again.
While he reached the last eight in Gijon earlier in October but bowed out in the Round of 16 in Basel.
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