Andy Murray today appeared to hint he would only continue competing for a "few months" more in his tennis career.

The former world number one made the surprise statement after claiming his second win in 2024 in Dubai.

Murray, 36, beat Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the Dubai Open this afternoon.

However, after the match Murray appeared to reference his future in the game as he said: "I still love competing and still love the game but it gets harder and harder to compete with the young guys the older you get, to keep your body fit and fresh. It's not easy.

"I probably don't have too long left but I'll do as best as I can these last few months."

Murray -  who has won Wimbledon twice - had previously shut down potential retirement talk earlier this year and insisted he would continue to compete despite going through a tough period on the court.

Responding to an article on his future, Murray had posted on X: "Tarnishing my legacy? Do me a favour. 

"I’m in a terrible moment right now I’ll give you that.

"Most people would quit and give up in my situation right now. But I’m not most people and my mind works differently.

"I won’t quit. I will keep fighting and working to produce the performances I know I’m capable of."

More to follow.