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For Andy Murray, retirement will be his biggest challenge

Athletes don't find it easy to give up their sport—you have a lot of life left

By Benjamin Markovits   March 2019

Andy Murray tktk. Photo: johnwnguyen

I retired at the age of 23. My career in minor-league pro basketball lasted less than six months. Some of the guys I played with in the second division of the German Bundesliga were part-timers—weekend warriors who made a little money on the side by showing up to a late-night practice a couple times a week and giving up their Saturdays to matches. They had real jobs and, in many cases, families and real grown-up lives.

Others were students, for whom…

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