Andy Murray should ‘play for as long as he wants’ and ignore those people telling him to retire.
That’s the opinion of former British No.1 Tim Henman ahead of Murray’s first round US Open clash against No.3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Murray, the 2012 men’s singles champion in New York, goes into the tournament as an underdog given his injury struggles in recent years which has seen him undergo two hip surgeries.
Having missed the Australia Open and French Open tournaments in this year, many feared Murray’s best days were behind him.
But the 34-year-old returned to Wimbledon earlier this year where he made it to the third round before being beaten in straight sets by Denis Shapovalov.
Henman has told Murray to ignore the doubters though and continue to play at the top level for as long has he can.
‘After the four years he has had with all the injuries, you have to admire his dedication and determination to keep putting the work in required to play at the top level,’ Henman told Tennis365.
‘If you had a graph of Murray’s tennis over the last few months, the Murray of today beats the player who played in the first round at Queen’s back in June quite easily. He has clearly made progress.
‘You can see that the little tournament play he has had and staying relatively injury-free gives him a chance to make progress and compete.
‘So he should play for as long as he wants. There is plenty of time to be retired, so he doesn’t need to listen to people telling him to retire.’
‘He has earned the right to decide when that decision comes.’
Murray’s clash with Tsitsipas is due to get underway on Monday, August 30 (tonight) at approximately 23:15 BST.
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