Murray retirement plans could be back on track as Brit drops French Open hint

Murray retirement plans could be back on track as Brit drops French Open hint

Tennis fans collectively held their breath when Murray took a tumble towards the end of his marathon Miami match against Tomas Machac. The Brit played on but lost in a final set tiebreak and later revealed that he suffered a full rupture of his anterior talofibular ligament and near full thickness rupture of his calcaneofibular ligament.

The three-time Grand Slam champion has not played a match since, withdrawing from the clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Munich and Madrid. He was able to avoid surgery and stopped using his ankle boot a couple of weeks ago. And Murray has now hinted that he could be back in action sooner than thought.

Murray recently returned to the practice court and on Saturday, his coach Jonny O’Mara shared a video of the world No. 57 hitting on a clay court. With just two big tournaments left of the clay swing – the Italian Open and the French Open – it means that he could return to competition within the next month.

A former finalist at the French Open, Murray has not competed in the Grand Slam tournament since 2020. Earlier this season, he shared his intentions to get back to Paris after announcing his plans to retire in the summer.

Asked whether he’d return to Roland Garros, the 36-year-old said: “Probably, yeah. Last few years I’ve tried to give myself maybe better preparation for the grass season, but that also doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to play really well on the grass.

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