Is Now The Time For Andy Murray To Retire?

I Don’t Want Andy Murray To Retire

I’m not a huge Andy Murray fan. Like most, I never really saw Andy as an equal to the “Big 3” of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. Still, despite all of this, watching the emotional video of Murray announcing his retirement last January was hard. For some reason, I couldn’t stand to watch him go. Then it hit me, this wasn’t about how I felt about Andy at all. It was about the obvious distraught he was going through. Tennis isn’t just a sport for Andy, it’s his life, and who is to say when he has to stop enjoying it? Certainly not me. I don’t want Andy Murray to retire, but I do want the best for him. 

The Book of Andy Murray

At only the age of three, Murray was on the tennis court hitting with his mother and older brother Jamie. By age five, he was playing sanctioned competitions and by age eight beating grown men. Once high school age, Murray moved to Spain to train nearly full-time. Soon, he made it to the majors and ascended to the top of the rankings. In 2012, we saw him win his first Grand Slam at the US Open, and in 2013 watched him become the first Scot to win Wimbledon since 1896. After a few tough years, in 2018, he endured his first hip surgery and was forced to undergo another in 2019. But, the story doesn’t end there, Murray came back and won the Queen’s Club Championships doubles with partner Feliciano Lopez. Then, in October, Murray won his first singles title since the operation, at the European Open in Antwerp. All of this goes to show that if you put your mind to it, you can rewrite your life story. But, all of this begs the question: Should Andy Murray close the book while there is a happy ending?

The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth

Before we get to the cases for and against Andy Murray’s retirement, let’s just look at the facts:

  • On May 15, 1987, Andy Murray was born with a bipartite patella. This is when the kneecap remains as two separate bones instead of fusing in early childhood. 
  • For the first six months of 2004, Murray suffered a knee injury and couldn’t play. 
  • In 2005, Murray had to take the first three months of the season off due to a back injury.
  • In 2007, Murray sustained tendon damage in his wrist and had to miss three months of play. 
  • After the US Open in 2009, Murray had to miss six weeks with a wrist injury. 
  • In 2013, Murray had to miss four weeks due to a hip injury. Later in the season, Murray underwent back surgery to try to cure recurring issues. 
  • In 2017, Murray missed a month due to an elbow injury, then missed almost all of the second half of the season due to a hip injury. 
  • Murray underwent hip surgery in early 2018 and went on to play a few tournaments scattered throughout the year.
  • In 2019, Murray announced his retirement and underwent a second hip surgery. By June, Murray returned to the tour. In October, several doctors urged Andy to stop playing due to the possibility of cobalt poisoning from his surgery. 
  • In December of 2019, Murray announced that he would halt training in hopes to be healthy for the Australian Open. 
Andy Murray injuries could lead him to retire.

The Case For Retirement

So, does all of this mean that Andy Murray should retire from tennis? I hate to say it, but yes. Not only was Andy born with an agonizing knee injury, but throughout his career, he has sustained several tennis-related injuries. In addition to this, his recent hip surgery has caused speculation among doctors worried about the risks of him competing after the surgery. The bottom line is, it’s just not worth it for Andy anymore. For years, he has fought off these injuries to keep chasing his passion. And, there is nothing wrong with that, if anything that shows his competitive nature. However, Andy’s focus should shift to his wife and three kids, and what is best for them as a family. I understand wanting to compete like he used to, but that isn’t a reality at this point. The biggest regret Andy could have ten years from now is not deciding to live a longer, healthier life and watch his kids grow up. 

The Case Against Retirement

For every don’t do this at home, there is a dare-devil that does it. If anybody is that dare-devil, it’s Andy Murray. For the next thirty seconds, forget every piece of logic you just read in the previous paragraph. Andy Murray should continue to play as an example of why you should never give up. He has already won two ATP titles since returning in 2019. Who says he can’t win a few more and possibly another Grand Slam? I’m not gonna say he can’t, if anybody can it is the determined Andy Murray. The biggest regret Andy could have ten years from now is giving up on tennis when he had more left in the tank. 

It’s Andy “Ultra-Competitive” Murray

Whether or not it makes more sense for Andy Murray to retire or continue playing, we must not forget who we are dealing with here. This guy is competitive. You could tell Andy Murray he has a 1/1000000 chance of winning another tournament, and there is a 100% chance he’ll try. Do I think Andy will continue to attempt a comeback to the ATP Tour? Yes. Do I think this is the right choice? That’s not really for me to decide. If it were me, I would let family take priority over a possible comeback. That said, I am only seeing this situation from a distance and not from Andy’s perspective. I trust him to make the best decision for his career and family. 

Thank you, Andy

I want to end this article by saying thank you. Thank you for showing us that down is never out. Thank you for showing us the delicate balance of a competitor and a gentleman. Thank you for giving us your 110% every day. Thank you for always helping the less fortunate. From an admirer and fan, thank you, Andy.

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