Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Andy Murray To Retire, Australian Open Could Be Last Event

Andy Murray To Retire, Australian Open Could Be Last Event

Hindered by a hip injury, the three-time grand slam victor announced Friday on the eve of the Australian Open that he will retire at Wimbledon in July - if he can make it that far.

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.

Murray, 31, has battled lingering hip issues for almost two years and has been unable to return to full strength.

Murray is determined to play on and call time on his illustrious career after the Wimbledon fortnight, but he conceded he was unsure if he could play through the pain over the next six months.

Murray revealed he had spoken to his coaching team and management during training in Florida last month, and he outlined his intention to get through to Wimbledon before retiring.

"I'm going to play [at the Australian Open], I can still play to a level, not a level that I'm happy playing at".

Five-time Australian Open runner-up Murray has confirmed that he will play at Melbourne Park next week - where he is due to meet Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.

"The pain is too much really, it's not something I want to continue playing that way".

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"But I am also realistic knowing that's not an easy thing to come back to or play professional sport to a high level".

The Scotsman broke through for grand slam glory at the US Open in 2012 before, most famously, ending Great Britain's more than 70-year men's singles drought at Wimbledon the following year. Making that decision, I think I can get through to this at Wimbledon, that's when I'd like to stop playing. "I've tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right and that hasn't worked".

"My plan is kind of middle to end of December in my training block, I spoke to my team and told them I can't keep doing it". It would allow me to have a better quality of life, to be free of pain. I have been playing with hip pain for a number of years, it wasn't as if it had just started at the French Open after my match against Stan.

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"Still in absolute shock that I finally got to see the man behind my love for tennis in action today", she wrote on Instagram.

"I have an option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I've had before in having my hip resurfaced, which will allow me to have a better quality of life and be out of pain". "That's something that I'm seriously considering right now".

"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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