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I never said I was retiring - Andy Murray speaks about THAT Australian Open farewell video

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 3 Dec 2019
  • Andy Murray has expressed surprise at the retirement video played for him during the Australian Open, insisting that he never said he was retiring
  • Murray is expected to compete at the Australian Open in January 2020
Any Murray (PA Sport)

Former world No. 1, Andy Murray has expressed surprise at the on-court farewell video played for him following his Australian Open first-round defeat to Roberto Bautista-Agut in January, insisting that he never said he was retiring from the sport.

Murray had announced during a tearful pre-Australian Open press conference that he planned to end his career at Wimbledon due to persistent pain in his hip, while he also suggested that the Australian Open could be his final tournament if he felt the pain was too much for him to carry on playing.

Speaking at the premiere of his new Amazon Prime Video documentary, Murray revealed his surprise at the video, saying he didn't think he had said he was retiring.

“I didn’t think I had said that,” Murray said when asked about the belief that he had retired in Melbourne. “I didn’t really know what I had said at the press conference. “I was so emotional. But I didn’t think I had said I’m retiring. I think I’d said I would like to get to Wimbledon to stop and at the time that was my plan”. 
“I didn’t want to play any longer than that because I couldn’t do it anymore".

The three-time major winner lost narrowly to Roberto Bautista-Agut in the first round of the Australian Open, showing characteristic grit to fight back from two-sets down before falling to the Spaniard in a five-set thriller. During Murray's post-match on-court interview, the tournament organizers played a pre-recorded video, in which the Brit's colleagues on the ATP and WTA tours wished him a happy retirement.

“I had said to my team and my family that if it is the end, that’s fine,” Murray added. “That would have been an amazing way to finish”. “Brilliant atmosphere, packed crowd, epic match, almost came back and I was like ‘that is fine’. “If I had to finish there I would have been okay with it.”

Murray did say immediately after that match against Bautista-Agut that he hoped to compete at the Australian Open next year, which made the video even more awkward.

"Maybe I'll see you again. I'll do everything possible to try," he said at the time. 

It is looking increasingly likely that the Scot will get his wish and be part of the Australian Open next year, with tournament organizers recently saying that the three-time major winner will "return to the main draw with a protected ranking of number two and restored physical powers".

Soon after his defeat to Bautista-Agut in Melbourne, Murray underwent career-saving hip replacement surgery at the end of January, and was back playing again in June, when he partnered Feliciano Lopez to win the doubles title in a victorious return to the tour. After easing his way back to the sport with a series of doubles outings, including at Wimbledon where he teamed up with Serena Williams in the mixed doubles, the Brit made his singles comeback in Cincinnati in August. He lost the first two matches of his comeback, but he slowly got better and better, reaching the quarter finals at the ATP 500 meet in Beijing at the start of October, before producing an emotional title run in Antwerp later that month. He finished the year at 126th in the world having being out of the top 500 at the end of September.

Murray also featured for Great Britain in the Davis Cup Finals in November, playing one match as his team reached the semi-finals. 

The 32-year-old is set to return to action at the inaugural ATP Cup in January after qualifying Great Britain for the tournament with his protected ranking of No. 2.


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