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Andy Murray Grapples with Confidence Crisis and Potential Retirement Amidst String of Defeats in 2024…

Andy Murray faced his fourth defeat in 2024 at the hands of Czech player Tomas Machac during the Open 13 on Tuesday.

Since September of the previous year, Murray has only secured one victory. The tennis legend expressed deep disappointment, acknowledging that this challenging period has caused him to lose confidence for the first time in his illustrious career.

Despite his eagerness for his 20th season on the ATP Tour after overcoming injuries in recent years, the 36-year-old Scot has been unable to regain his form. Murray, who had previously hinted that persistent injuries might lead to retirement, revealed that his current struggles are affecting his self-assurance. Following Tuesday’s 7-5, 6-4 loss to Machac, Murray admitted to reporters, “When you can’t win, you also lose confidence. I’ve never experienced that in my career.”

Having lost in all four matches in 2024 and nine of his last 10 outings since September, Murray emphasized the need to find solutions to win matches. He acknowledged the disparity between success in training and competition, recalling his experience in 2016 when he finished as the world number 1 despite winning only a few training sets.

Despite the difficult situation, Murray remains determined and recently shared on Twitter his commitment to keep fighting, stating, “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.”

Although Murray acknowledged that retirement is inevitable, he hasn’t made any definitive decisions. He has consulted with his family and coaching team about the possibility, emphasizing that it’s something he needs to think about and discuss further.

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