Andy Murray revealed that he has been speaking to psychologists about the challenge of readjusting to life after tennis. Their advice, he said, was to give himself plenty of time and space before rushing into any other role.
Murray added that, in the short term, he feels strangely short of motivation for anything but the job he loves, and is about to lose.
“It’s interesting,” he told a small group of reporters, “because once I’d started thinking about stopping, all of the things that I thought that I would quite like to do, I have zero interest in doing right now.
“Thinking about what I do when I finish playing and rushing into decisions, from speaking to psychologists and stuff, that is the worst thing I should be doing,” Murray added. “I need a bit of time to get over it and then kind of know what my next steps are going to be.”
Murray is due to play 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Sunday in a match that could represent his last appearance on the professional tour. His mother Judy flew in on Saturday in preparation for this possible swansong, which is expected to start soon after 6pm local time – 7am GMT – on Monday morning in the Melbourne Arena.