Andy Murray retirement plans thrown into doubt due to ankle injury | Tennis | Sport

Andy Murray‘s plans to retire this summer have been thrown into doubt after the Scot revealed he has ruptured his ankle ligaments. But the three-time Grand Slam champion insisted: “I’ll be back”.

The former world No. 1 screamed in pain when suffered the injury during his third round defeat at the Miami Open on Sunday night.

The double Wimbledon winner, who turns 37 in May, completed the match but then pulled out of the doubles on Monday before taking to Instagram to open up on his latest injury woes.

He wrote: “Yesterday towards the end of my match in Miami I suffered a full rupture of my ATFL and near full thickness rupture of my CFL. I will see an ankle specialist when I return home to determine next steps. 

“Goes without saying this is a tough one to take and I’ll be out for an extended period. But I’ll be back with 1 hip and no ankle ligaments when the time is right.”

Sources close to Murray said on Monday night he still hopes to be fit for Wimbledon.

He admitted earlier this month that he will “likely not play past this summer” with his final event set to be at the All England Clubn or playing doubles at the Paris Olympics.

But the Scot, who has a metal hip, has been dogged by injuries late in his career.

And the extent of the damage to his Anterior Talo-Fibular Ligament (ATFL) and CalcaneoFibular Ligament (CFL) means if he is able to make a final appearance at Wimbledon, he will lack fitness and match practice.

This season had already become like a farewell tour. After losing to Tomas Machac in Miami, he said: “This tournament particularly for me is an important one so it was a bit more emotional leaving the court today than it might have been at some of the other events. 

“I am looking forward to the end now, give my best the next few months and get to be at home with the family.”

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