Murray set to play French Open, grass & Wimbledon

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Murray set to play French Open, grass & Wimbledon

Andy Murray is set to play at the French Open following an early exit on the ATP Tour in Geneva.

Murray, who is expected to retire at some point this season, had been out injured since late March after damaging ankle ligaments in a third-round match against Tomas Machac at the Miami Open.

After the match Murray said he would be sidelined for “an extended period” after confirming he suffered a full rupture of his ATFL [anterior talofibular ligament] and near full thickness rupture of his CFL [calcaneofibular ligament].

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Highlights as Murray went down to defeat against Tomas Machac at the Miami Open

“I will see an ankle specialist when I return home to determine next steps,” he said. “Goes without saying this is a tough one to take and I’ll be out for an extended period. But I’ll be back with one hip and no ankle ligaments when the time is right.”

Murray opted not to have surgery but it had been feared the former world No 1 may not be able to have his Wimbledon swansong.

With the French Open starting on May 26, the Scot made a surprise comeback at a second-tier tournament in Bordeaux, where he was beaten in straight sets by world No 115 Gregoire Barrer before losing to Yannick Hanfmann at the Geneva Open in a weather-delayed match.

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Murray celebrated his 29th birthday in 2016 by beating Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters final with possibly his greatest match point ever

Murray has not played at Roland Garros since 2020, which was his only appearance since his hip problems began three years previously.

While Wimbledon appears the most logical venue for Murray to call time on his glittering career, he is tempted at another tilt at an Olympic medal on the Parisian clay this summer.

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Murray aired his frustration with journalists asking him about how long he has left in tennis, feeling he’s saying the same answers over and over again

Murray, who is playing with a metal hip, confirmed he is set to retire this summer, saying: “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.

“I’m not going to talk more about that between now and whenever the time comes for me to stop. But, yes, I don’t plan on playing much past this summer.”

Murray at Roland Garros

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against France's Richard Gasquet at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Image: Murray is eager to play at the French Open

Murray is likely to make his final appearance in the year’s second Grand Slam, where he will also enter the doubles alongside Davis Cup team-mate Dan Evans after being handed a wild card.

Of his 46 career singles titles, only three have come on clay. Two of those have been Masters, though, with wins in Madrid (2015) and Rome (2016).

He has also been a French Open finalist but lost out in 2016 to Djokovic.

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After losing the opportunity to break Jakub Mensik at the Qatar Open, Murray appeared to say ‘this game isn’t for me anymore’

Grass & Wimbledon

Andy Murray kisses the trophy after beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic. The Wimbledon victory cemented Murray's place as one of Britain's sporting greats, and he followed it up three years later with a second title. Issue date: Monday June 26, 2023.

Image: Murray is a two-time Wimbledon champion

Murray has signed up to defend his title at the Surbiton Trophy from June for his first grass-court tournament, although the tournament coincides with the second week of the French Open, indicating he might not be anticipating a long stay in Paris.

The Scot will then head to the Boss Open in Stuttgart from June 10-16 – live on Sky Sports Tennis rather than
defending his Challenger title in Nottingham before heading to Queen’s Club.

Sky Sports Tennis’ Annabel Croft said: “It’s great news. None of us really knew where he was going to play, and I’m sure he doesn’t quite know where his body’s going to be at.

“It was such a massive setback after Miami, with that ankle turn in that match, when he was just starting to really ramp up the tennis and looked like he was playing some of his better tennis again.

“I don’t think it surprises me that he’s entered all of that [Geneva, Roland Garros, Stuttgart]. He’ll want to play a lot of tennis. As many matches as possible.”

Andy Murray writes message on camera

He will then return to the home of arguably his greatest memories in the sport when he steps out on the hallowed turf at the All England Club for what will be the last time.

He will arrive on Centre Court in what is bound to be an emotional moment for the 2013 and 2016 champion.

“On grass, he can always be a problem for any player. He’s so experienced, a two-time Wimbledon champion, and the options that he has in his box of tricks are always at his disposal,” Croft continued.

“He can still make life very, very difficult for so many opponents, so let’s hope his body is going to get back and he can give it a really good run during the summer.”

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Paris Olympics?

Sir Andy Murray will be competing at his fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.

Image: The Brit is the only tennis player to have won back-to-back singles gold medals

The Brit will then be tempted by another crack at the Olympics in Paris, which could be his final appearance as a professional player, with his best chance likely to be in doubles.

He is the only tennis player to have won back-to-back singles gold medals, in London and Rio.

The Olympic Games in Paris are also scheduled to get under way on July 24, with direct entry handed to the top 56 of the rankings on June 10.

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