Andy Murray has had a hell of a career, but it is clear that the Scot is on his last legs.
He has struggled greatly with injury over the last few years, with his latest comeback attempt cut short at Wimbledon yesterday. Murray would bow out in the third round of the competition after a straight set defeat at the hands of Denis Shapovalov.
Could this be the end of the road for the 34-year old? John McEnroe believes it may well be.
Speaking on the BBC, the seven-time grand slam winner said that the type of game Murray plays makes it difficult to perform consistently late in his career.
It just really depends on can the body take it. I’m not a doctor but he’s got a metal hip, you’re 34, there’s a lot of wear and tear on that body.
We want to see him go out on the terms he wants to go out on. Ultimately, you have to get on the court.
He’s going to go to a cement surface now, that can’t be easier on your body. He’s the type of guy, he needs to play a lot. Obviously his body wasn’t up to it against Shapovalov. The guy was hitting the ball so big.
There’s a fair amount of guys that hit the ball as hard as that.
The most important step in tennis is the first one. You need explosion. If you don’t have that, you’re done. Murray is in the top six to eight movers ever for me.
That way of playing is extremely difficult to do when you feel deep down you’ve lost something.
While Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have managed to perform at a high level into their late 30s, now could be the time for Murray to hang up the racket.