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Boris Becker backs Andy Murray to still be around for Australian Open in 2025

Boris Becker expects Andy Murray to carry on playing as he long as he continues to experience success and doesn't necessarily thing this year's Australian Open will be his last.

Murray will make his 16th appearance in the main draw at Melbourne Park on Monday when he faces 30th seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the first round.

It was five years ago at the 2019 Australian Open when three-time grand-slam champion Murray contemplated retirement and a highlights montage shown after his round-one exit appeared to signal the end of his career.

Surgery to resurface his hip followed and while it has enabled the five-time Australian Open runner-up to continue playing well into his thirties, the Scot cut a frustrated figure at the end of 2023.

But Becker had little concern over Murray not appearing in Australia again.

"Well, I would never rule Andy out," Eurosport pundit Becker insisted. "As long as he has fun, as long as he enjoys it and as long as he has success, he will continue.

"I was worried a couple of years ago when he did the press conference and said it was most likely his last one because it was before his surgery so he didn't know if he would come back.

"We moved past that and I think he is physically fit enough, but obviously the tennis circuit doesn't sleep and Andy doesn't get younger either.

"Those 22-years-old are now those 24-years-olds and Andy is 36 so the clock is ticking.

"I am sure he will do well this year., I am sure he is aiming for a successful Wimbledon and he'll take it from there."

At the other end of the spectrum, British number four Jack Draper will aim to make his mark in Melbourne after an injury-hit past campaign.

Draper, 22, recently beat Becker's protege Holger Rune to win the UTS event in London last month and earned praise from the six-time grand-slam winner.

Becker said: "Look, an unbelievable talent. You can see he loves the competition, he loves tennis, he loves to be out there, but he had some injury problems last year, so he couldn't play as much as he wanted to.

"He is a big guy, a powerful guy and he needs to address his body. He needs to be longer in the shape he is right now.

"I don't know him and I don't know his group of people too well, so I don't how much he trains on and off the court, but what I could tell is that physically he struggled last year and that is the foundation of a successful tennis player.

"I am sure he learned his lessons, I am sure he had a good winter. I saw the result in Adelaide, he looked fit. I am sure they have done a lot of off-court training and I wish him luck.

"Great Britain needs good, young players. You have got Wimbledon around the corner, you have the Queens tournament so you want your local heroes to be successful there."

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