Andy Murray wants to retire to become a caddy
The return of tennis player Andy Murray, who had hip surgery in 2019, suffered another setback last week when a left groin injury put an end to all hopes of the three-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one in the Miami tournament.
At 33 - practically ancient in tennis terms - and with a medical record as thick as a Tolstoy novel, or Bryson DeChambeau's upper body to use a more current comparison, his time on the court is running out.
But it seems that Murray has already imagined the next step in his career: to become a professional caddy.
"I really like golf, so being a caddy for example on the golf circuit would be something I would find exciting", the Scotsman told The Gentleman's Journal. " Being close to the best golfers and learning about another sport, and maybe there is some commonality between the two sports mentally, for example, that you could help a golfer. "
The transition might not be that difficult.
Andy Murray already counts Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Danny Willett, among others, among his friends on the tour. McIlroy and Jason Day are also among the players who in recent years have preferred their close friends to more experienced players. And Lee Westwood took it a step further by commissioning his fiancee Helen Storey to carry the bag. Westwood came close to winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship with his support.
Murray is also an avid golfer - he is said to have a handicap of 7, although he admitted to having three shanks on the opening hole at Wentworth two years ago, as he was on his way to a score of 29 above the par alongside his brother in the club championship.
"Me and Jamie [Murray] scored 101 each, which wasn't nice," he said at the time. “Everything escaped me quickly. I hadn't shanked a ball in the last 12 or 13 rounds I had played and had three on the first hole. I was so nervous. "
Thankfully Andy Murray, who has also said he would be interested in being a football manager, won't have to worry about such nervousness in his new job.