Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Andy Murray announces plans to retire from tennis in near future

Andy Murray announces plans to retire from tennis in near future

A tearful Andy Murray on Friday announced he would likely retire this year due to severe pain from a hip injury, saying next week's Australian Open could be the last tournament of a glittering career.

Overcome with emotion and struggling to hold back tears, the 31-year-old three-times Grand Slam champion told reporters that he had hoped to play until at least this year's Wimbledon tournament.

"I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months", he said. I'm not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months.

In an emotional media conference where the three-time major victor left the room to regain his composure, Murray said the injury was affecting his enjoyment of the sport and even everyday activities were proving hard. "I can still play to a level, not a level I'm happy playing at", he said.

Murray will play 22nd seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round on Monday. "The pain is too much really, I don't want to continue playing that way".

"Just playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop, and I felt like making that decision", he said.

"Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing, but I am not certain I am able to do that", he said. He's a three-time Grand Slam victor (twice at Wimbledon, once at the US Open), a two-time Olympic champion, a Davis Cup champion, victor of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and a former world No. 1. He also became the only player to win consecutive singles gold medals at the Olympics when he won at London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.

Murray had right hip surgery in January 2018 after prolonged problems with the joint.

"I have the option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I've had before - having my hip resurfaced", he said. "I needed to have an end point..."

"Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads", he added.

He said he's considering another hip operation, more to improve his quality of life than as a way of returning to the top level in tennis.

"That's something I'm seriously considering right now", he said.

Murray intends playing in the season-opening major at Melbourne Park but says there is a chance it will be his final tournament.

"It got to a level where I didn't recover from that match, pushed it over the edge, having the operation would hopefully make it as good as possible. The pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training or any of the stuff I love about tennis".

"The walking, there are certain things on the court I can not really do properly now, but the pain is the driving factor".

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