Andy Murray: ‘I am not going into Wimbledon thinking I am saying goodbye’

Andy Murray has assured fans he is not ‘going into Wimbledon to say goodbye’ this year despite his injury troubles.

Murray has had a tough 2021 so far and has only played five singles matches in three ATP Tour events all year.

That has followed from a similarly sparse year in 2020, though it was admittedly heavily affected by a lengthy suspension of the Tour due to Covid, in which Murray played just seven matches in four events.

“I’m not going into Wimbledon thinking I’m saying goodbye,” Murray told STV. “I want to keep going and I want to keep playing. But obviously I don’t know.

“If I got a significant injury or whatever, then that would obviously change things.

“But I guess that’s the case with most players when they get into their mid-30s. I’m still planning on playing for as long as I can.”

Murray has been handed a kinder draw than he has in previous tournaments since he started relying on wild cards.

He will face Nikoloz Bashilasvili in the first round, a player who has only ever won 11 career matches on grass and has never been beyond the third round at Wimbledon.

On his return to Wimbledon, Andy Murray added: “I think I’ll be excited. I’m sure I’ll be nervous as well.

“Obviously, I’ve missed playing in front of fans. It was nice to be able to get the opportunity to do that at Queen’s but I’ve missed playing at Wimbledon, playing at the majors, really.

“I’ve always preferred the courts at Wimbledon. Even though I’ve played well at Queen’s and they’ve got great courts, it’s always a little bit quicker.

“I think I can do well. I don’t think there are that many guys who are unbelievably comfortable on the grass, so that plays in my favour.

“And obviously a lot of the younger guys didn’t get the opportunity to play on it last year.

“So I feel lucky that I’m getting another chance to do it and hopefully I can put in a solid performance.”

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