Andy Murray confirms schedule after Paris Masters loss as Brit offers Rafael Nadal hint

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Next week’s trip to Sweden for the Stockholm Open will be Andy Murray’s final outing of the season, the Scot has confirmed. He said he wants to bring the curtain down on his season after that competition to recharge after playing a series of long matches in recent weeks.

Murray was speaking in the aftermath of his first round match of the Paris Masters, which got under way on Monday.

He faced lucky loser Dominik Koepfer, who fell at the final hurdle in qualifying for the tournament but was handed a lifeline after Jack Brooksby withdrew through injury.

The match turned out to be an epic, lasting for three hours as Murray fought back from losing the first set to the German, who found out he would be playing just a couple of hours before the match began.

But in the end it was the Briton who was on the wrong end of the result, squandering seven match points to crash out of the competition.

Murray has now confirmed he will compete in the Stockholm Open next week, before calling time on his 2021 season.

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“That’s currently my plan. That’s not changed,” the 34-year-old told reporters after his loss in the French capital.

“I haven’t played a lot of tournaments in a row, and played a lot of long matches in those tournaments. Granted, I have not gone very deep in any of them, but, like tonight was another three-hour match.

“I’ll have a chat to the team a little bit about that in the next couple of days, but the plan is to go to Stockholm.”

Murray has already said he will not be representing Great Britain at the Davis Cup later in November, as he feels the likes of Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans deserve to play more.

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He could, however, play an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi and the Battle of the Brits tournament in Aberdeen in December, in preparation for a trip Down Under for the Australian Open in the New Year.

“I might go away for a little bit. Potentially play in the Abu Dhabi exhibition, as well, which is kind of middle of December,” the Scot continued.

“Then there is a thing in Scotland which will get a couple of good matches there too.

“I don’t know 100 per cent if Abu Dhabi is happening or not, but certainly if I wasn’t going to go there I would definitely go away and practice for a little bit outdoors in the sun.

“I have played a lot of tennis recently, so it would be nice to just be at home and rest and let the body recover a little bit and the mind, as well. And then make a plan for what I do moving forwards.”

If he does travel to Abu Dhabi in December, Murray will come up against some big names whose participation in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship have been confirmed.

The likes of Dominic Thiem, Casper Ruud and Denis Shapovalov will be in Abu Dhabi, while Rafael Nadal is hoping to make his return from injury in the UAE capital.

In the women’s draw, Emma Raducanu is set to appear at the competition for the first time and will take on Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, who the Briton beat on the way to her shock US Open success.

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