Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori has acknowledged that he is not a fan of people asking former world No. 1 Andy Murray when he is going to retire. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, underwent two hip surgeries since 2017 and since then he has been far from his old level.
However, the Briton still loves the game and he didn't want to simply walk away from the game. "I think it's a little bit stupid to ask him when he's gonna retire, it's something that he's gonna decide, only he knows how he feels about his body.
He's my favorite player, we had many battles, I hope he can come back. We need him,'' Nishikori said of Murray, per Seiadoumogera/Twitter.
Murray has heard all the talk
After claiming his first ATP win of the season on Monday in Rotterdam, Murray said that every he loses he is getting told to retire.
“It’s not easy,” Murray said earlier this week. “Every time I lose a match I’m getting told to retire, that I should stop playing, that I’m finished and got nothing left or whatever and it’s sad and all of these things.
“It’s not easy. I feel like I’m playing for my career just now, each time I step on court, which is a motivation in some ways. “But it also adds a bit of extra stress. There’s a bit of extra doubt there and on top of that I’m playing with a metal hip, which is hard.
Trust me, it’s not easy. “So it’s a big challenge for me just now and one that I’ll meet head on, but it’s not easy just now. The last few months have been a bit of a struggle”. After recovering from a set down to beat Dutch Robin Haase in the Rotterdam first round, Murray suffered a straight-set loss to Andrey Rublev in his following match.