Andy Murray insists there is ‘no right way’ to retire, but was touched by the support for two of his generation’s tennis icons in Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Federer and Williams both bowed out from the court in 2022, bringing an end to an incredible era in both the men’s and women’s game.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray was present at the Laver Cup in London last month as Swiss legend Federer bid an emotional farewell to fans and his career rivals.
Murray, 35, was courtside as Federer ended his competitive days with the racquet alongside his greatest rival Rafael Nadal in a doubles match at the tournament. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, was overcome with emotion after her career ending defeat in the third round of this year’s US Open at Flushing Meadows.
Meanwhile, Murray could end veteran Giles Simon’s career at the Paris Masters on Monday evening – as the Frenchman says his own goodbye at his home tournament.
“I’m aware that I’m not going to be able to play forever,” Murray told Eurosport. “I know that. From this year, the way people finish is different for everyone. It’s very rare that you get a perfect ending.
And the Brit will be hoping for at least one more impressive run at a Grand Slam, with no interest in calling time on his own career just yet. Murray has had huge support from the British crowds throughout his storied career and is pleased with the visible affinity fans have for the game’s biggest stars.
“It is nice to see how much the sport means to these players and I think the ones that last the longest on the tour and that play for 15-20 years, the reason why they do it for such a long time is because they love it,” he added.
“They love the sport and it is nice to see them getting the send-off from the public. “I don’t think players play to be loved by the public but I think it’s nice to feel loved and respected by them when you’re coming towards the end of your career, and it’s been nice seeing all of those players get that love, which maybe they don’t get as much during their career.”