The sun appears to be setting on Andy Murray’s illustrious career with the Glasgow-born player admitting that 2024 should be the year he retires, barring a miraculous change of fortunes on the tennis court.

Murray’s last Grand Slam win came seven and a half years ago during Wimbledon 2016 and, as things stand, the Scot isn’t able to realistically compete for another one after multiple hip surgeries and a dramatic slide down the world rankings.

Bidding adieu Down Under

The latest betting odds on tennis indicate how far the three-time Grand Slam winner is from genuinely challenging at the top – he’s currently priced at 250/1 to win the Australian Open.

Tellingly, the tennis tipsters on the Betfair Blog are predicting it will be Grand Slam number 25 for Novak Djokovic during the 2024 Australian Open. In all likelihood, Murray’s appearance in Melbourne in 2024 will serve as a chance for the 36-year-old to bid goodbye to his fans Down Under, with whom he has built a special relationship since his first outing at the Australian Open in 2006.

This is a theme that’s likely to repeat itself throughout the year – Murray’s likely embarking on a farewell tour, with a stop at each of tennis’ most hallowed competitions.

As sad as it is, Father Time eventually catches up with every professional athlete. Retirement is inevitable but leaving a lasting legacy that has impacted thousands is certainly not. Essentially, some players are remembered more fondly than others on account of how they spent their time while competing at the highest level.

Murray’s selfless service to Scottish tennis

In Murray’s case, he’ll be especially remembered for his devotion to Scottish tennis and for making sure that he didn’t forsake the grassroots system that enabled him to enjoy the riches that professional tennis has bestowed on him. Evidence of this can be found right here in Paisley – lest we forget that Murray visited Brodie Park just a week after winning Wimbledon in 2013.

The Scot’s visit was to unveil plans for a complete refurbishment of the tennis courts in the park. It was a remarkable gesture when you consider that Murray was the most popular sportsperson in the world during those few weeks after Wimbledon, yet he still found the time to pay it forward.

Murray’s assistance in shining a light on facilities in need of financial aid wasn’t a one-off.

In 2021, Murray highlighted the rundown courts in East Kilbride located just 30 minutes from Paisley. In his typically forthright tone, Murray tweeted a picture of the below-par Whitemoss Tennis Courts with the caption ‘shambles’ while tagging Tennis Scotland.

Unsurprisingly, less than two years later, these same courts have been allocated £100,000 from the Lawn Tennis Association, which will be used to entirely revamp them.

Murray has used his profile to help underprivileged folk with dreams of making it professionally. Though this prolific career may be winding down, these efforts will continue strong.

A professional life well spent

They say with great power comes great responsibility and to Murray’s immense credit, he’s used his voice for positive change.

Encouragingly, this commendable activism is bound to increase during the Scot’s second act after tennis. With retirement looming, Murray will have more time to cast his eye over the state of tennis in Scotland and intervene where necessary.