Andy Murray, the British tennis player made an official announcement about his retirement plans on Friday at a press conference in Melbourne. Murray got emotional and teary while revealing the news. He said he had planned to wrap his carrier after this year’s Wimbledon but confessed that Australian Open could be the last tournament of his tennis career.
The Scottish player who broke down into tears during the conference told reporters, “I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training, Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing, but I am not certain I am able to do that”
He added, “Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads. I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament.”
The 32-year old who has been world number one and three-time Grand Slam winner backed off from last year’s Australian Open to get a hip surgery done. He took a break to recover and came back to the court in June at Queen’s Club in London.
Commenting on his current state of health, which triggered his retirement earlier than planned, he explained that he had been in a lot of pain for the past 20 months and tried to get back in form but his hip injury kept him struggling with the pain.
He said, “I’m not feeling good, I’ve been struggling for a long time. I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but I’m still in a lot of pain. I can still play to a level, but not a level I have played at.”
He arrived in Melbourne to begin his opening round match against Roberto Bautista Agut at Melbourne Park on Monday. Though the player hasn’t fully recovered and five set of intense match in Melbourne’s energy sucking heat my tear him down further.
He added, “I’m going to play. I can still play to a level, not a level I’m happy playing at. The pain is too much really, it’s not something I want to continue playing that way.”
Murray welled up while informing the media that his chances of returning to the game are almost nil and had to leave the room to compose himself.