The big questions about Andy Murray future before likely French Open swansong

Andy Murray heads to the French Open for what is set to be a final appearance at the year’s second grand slam.

The Scot has recovered from an ankle injury in time to take his place in the Roland Garros draw at the start of a very important summer.

Here, the PA news agency answers some key questions around what comes next.

How is Murray looking?

The good news is that his ankle is in good enough shape to allow him to play but he has won only one match on clay – via a withdrawal at a second-tier event – so expectations of success in Paris should be low.

Why is he playing?

Murray’s hip problems first surfaced at Roland Garros in 2017 and he has played at the French Open only once since, suffering a chastening loss to Stan Wawrinka in the first round four years ago.

But, with retirement looming, Murray wants to play in the biggest events, while he has made appearing at a final Olympics on the Parisian clay a key goal.


Andy Murray, right, and Dan Evans
Andy Murray, right, and Dan Evans have entered the men’s doubles in Paris (Steven Paston/PA)

Will Murray qualify for the Olympics?

Andy Murray, right, and Joe Salisbury
Murray, right, could play with Joe Salisbury, left, at the Olympics (Steve Welsh/PA)

If Murray does not make it by ranking, he would almost certainly earn one of two places reserved for grand slam champions and Olympic gold medallists. In doubles, the 37-year-old could team up again with Joe Salisbury.

What about grass?

Andy Murray celebrates his second Wimbledon title in 2016
Murray celebrates his second Wimbledon title in 2016 (Adam Davy/PA)

Ahead of Wimbledon, he will play in Stuttgart and at Queen’s Club, while he could also defend his title at Surbiton depending on how he fares at the French Open.

When will he retire?

Andy Murray waves
Murray is expected to wave goodbye to tennis this year (Martin Rickett/PA)

The US Open follows swiftly afterwards, while Britain play on home soil again in September at the Davis Cup in Manchester.

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