Andy Murray hits back at the BBC over article questioning his decision to keep playing
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Andy Murray has hit back at a BBC journalist over an article appearing to question his decision to continue playing.
It has been a season to forget so far for two-time Wimbledon champion Murray.
The former world number one was knocked out in the first round of the 2024 Australian Open by Argentine Tomas Etcheverry after losing 6-4 6-2 6-2.
After the match, the former Olympic gold medalist even hinted at retirement.
This week, Murray lost to Frenchman Benoit Paire in the Open Sud De France despite leading by one set.
On the back of his defeat, the BBC published an article titled ‘Andy Murray: Is the end nigh for three-time Grand Slam winner after latest loss?’.
The journalist behind the article, Kheredine Idessane wrote on social media: “It’s been an incredible journey by a remarkable man. And such a privilege to bear witness to large parts of it. All good things come to an end, of course. So when should @andy_murray call time on his extraordinary career?”
Murray has since hit back, he replied: “Tarnishing my legacy? Do me a favour. I’m in a terrible moment right now I’ll give you that.
“Most people would quit and give up in my situation right now. But I’m not most people and my mind works differently. I won’t quit. I will keep fighting and working to produce the performances I know I’m capable of.”
Speaking after his Australian Open exit, Murray said: “In comparison to the matches that I played here last year, it's the complete opposite feeling walking off the court. I wish I involved the crowd more. Just disappointed with the way I played and all of that stuff. (It's a) tough, tough way to finish.
“It was a poor performance. It was, like, very, very flat. It was an amazing crowd out there that were trying to pick me up, support and get behind me. Usually I would always engage the crowd and get them going and bring some energy into the match. It was really just a flat performance.”