“I don’t know exactly why that was the case because I’ve been feeling good going in. Played pretty well in Brisbane. Practised really well the last 10 days or so… Today the crowd all showed up again and gave me brilliant support. I didn’t give enough. I felt like I didn’t give enough back and I’m disappointed with that because they have helped me a lot over the years in matches here.”
Last Australian Open ‘a definite possibility’ for Murray
Before Murray left the KIA Arena, the Brit took an emotional look at the court and waved at the crowd longer than he usually does.
Many times there has been speculation about Murray’s potential retirement but possibly this was his biggest hint yet that a decision was nearing closer.
In his press conference after the match Murray confirmed that there’s ‘a definite possibility’ that this could have been his last match at Melbourne Park.
“It’s a definite possibility that will be the last time I play here,” Murray told the ATP website.
“In comparison to the matches that I played here last year, it’s the complete opposite feeling walking off the court. Yeah, wish I involved the crowd more. Just disappointed with the way I played… a tough, tough way to finish…
“I have an idea of when I would probably like to finish playing. So much of that depends on how you’re playing. The time frame for that narrows when you play and have results like today.”
It’s obviously a decision that has been on Murray’s mind as his motivation for the sport has been inconsistent with the results at Grand Slam level not meeting his ambition.
Now Murray has revealed that he has spoken to his team and family about retirement but no definitive decisions have been made yet.
“I’ve spoken to them about it,” Murray explained to the ATP website.
“I’ve spoken to my family about it. I’ve spoken to my team about it. They’re very aware of how I feel about things, where I would like to finish playing, when that would be. I haven’t made any definite decisions on that. It’s obviously something that I need to think about and see exactly when that is.”
Although Murray’s long-term plans haven’t been revealed yet it would seem that a retirement this year would look likely at this point.
However Murray won’t be giving up just yet as he looks to continue to enjoy his tennis and will be looking to continue to move his ranking in the right direction ahead of Wimbledon.
As things stand, Murray’s next tournament will be the ATP 250 event in Montpellier which starts on the 29th of January.
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