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“I just don’t see it happening” – Emma Raducanu throws cold water on Andy Murray’s retirement speech

Emma Raducanu believes Andy Murray could continue his tennis career despite speculation his playing days are numbered.

Murray faces an almighty race against time to be fit for the 2024 edition of Wimbledon after undergoing surgery to remove a spinal cyst just weeks into the match.

Andy Murray is a major doubt for Wimbledon after undergoing surgery on Saturday

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Andy Murray is a major doubt for Wimbledon after undergoing surgery on SaturdayCredits: Getty

The 37-year-old hinted his final two outings as a tennis player would be Wimbledon, followed by the Paris Olympics, but a recent operation scuppered his plans.

The ATP Tour released a statement announcing that Murray had withdrawn from Wimbledon, only to withdraw shortly after.

An updated statement from Murray’s camp later claimed no decision had been made and he was still in contention for Wimbledon.

Ahead of his clash with Sloane Stephens at Eastbourne on Tuesday, Raducanu spoke about Murray and the difficulty he is facing stepping away from tennis.

“From what I know about Andy, he loves tennis, he loves the sport and the challenges that come with it,” the former US Open champion told Sky Sports.

“He doesn’t care what others think or say about him. He loves doing what he does and I think he’ll finally give up tennis…I just don’t see that happening.

“But I would be happy if he played for a very long time. Physically, it’s such a demanding sport and situation, especially with his operation.

“I want to see it continue as long as possible.”

Raducanu is preparing for her first Wimbledon appearance in two years, having missed 2023.

Emma Raducanu hopes to make a splash at Wimbledon after missing last year's edition

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Emma Raducanu hopes to make a splash at Wimbledon after missing last yearCredit: Getty
Raducanu was beaten by Caroline Garcia at Wimbledon in 2022

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Raducanu was beaten by Caroline Garcia at Wimbledon in 2022Credit: AFP

Her last appearance at Wimbledon came in 2022 when she was defeated in the second round by Caroline Garcia.

The 21-year-old qualified for this year’s Wimbledon via wildcard pick and will be hoping to impress after a difficult run of form and fitness since her triumph at Flushing Meadow in 2021.

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In her six Grand Slam appearances since then, Raducanu has yet to advance past the second round, something she hopes to improve upon when Wimbledon begins on July 1.

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