Andy Murray admitted on Friday that this will be his last season in professional tennis and there is a very real prospect that he’ll bring the curtain down on a hugely successful career this week.
The Scot’s efforts to correct a long-standing hip problem through surgery have thus far proved unsuccessful and although he hopes to make a farewell appearance at Wimbledon this summer, he conceded that he may not make it that far.
Since losing in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2017, Murray has completed only 14 matches and he has slipped down to 230th in the world rankings.
The three-time Grand Slam champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist has been drawn to face Roberto Bautista-Agut at the Australian Open amid real concern that Murray is ready for the physical challenge of a five-set match.
His 30-year-old opponent, the world number 17, is no bigger than 2/9* with William Hill to book his place in the second round and, potentially, confirm Murray’s fears that his career is at an end. Novak Djokovic is the 6/5* favourite (Bet365) to win the year’s first Grand Slam. BetVictor are offering new customers the opportunity to place a £1 bet on the Serb at odds of 30/1, with any winnings paid out in free bets.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|