Emotional Andy Murray reveals the plan to retire from tennis
The three-time Grand Slam winner who is struggling to recover from hip injury says he plans to retire after this year’s Wimbledon but fears next week’s Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career.
Murray, 31 had a chronic hip condition and it just got worse since the Wimbledon quarter-final defeat to Sam Querrey in 2017. He had undergone surgery in on his right hip last January before returning to tennis in June.
During the emotional press conference at Melbourne, the former world number one said the pain has become almost unbearable for him to play on.
“I have been struggling for a long time. I was in a lot of pain for 20 months now. I have done pretty much everything that I could to try and get my hip better and it hasn’t helped a load.
I am in a better place than I was 6 months ago but I am still in a lot of pain. It has been tough.”
Murray was driven to tears as he revealed about his pain which is so severe that he cannot put his socks on without struggling. He had to briefly leave the room having been overcome by emotion before returning to confirm that he could end his career as soon as next week.
Murray will go down in history as Britain’s best-ever sportsmen for his brilliant achievements in the area of tennis in which he had to compete with icons such as Roger Ferderer and Rafael Nadal.