Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Andy Murray announces plans to retire from tennis

Andy Murray announces plans to retire from tennis

Murray revealed in a very emotional press conference that he may be forced to retire after the Australian Open, with the severe pain from his right hip having become nearly unbearable.

In an emotional news conference at Melbourne Park, the 31-year-old former world No. 1 said the pain had become too much to bear and that he had made the decision last month during his training camp.

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

Murray said he had played with hip pain for much of his career but that the real problems began in the semi-final of the French Open in 2017, when he was beaten in five sets by Stan Wawrinka.

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, just not a level that I'm happy playing at.

Still, Murray was apologetic to his fans for not producing a better performance, and proposed to give her a better show at his first round match at the Australian Open.

"I don't want to continue playing that way".

'Yes, I'm going to play.

The Scot, champion at Wimbledon twice after landing his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2012, walked out of his press conference in tears after being asked about the status of his hip, to which he initially replied "not great".

He hasn't reached a Grand Slam final since winning his second Wimbledon title in 2016, but has nevertheless enjoyed a glittering career since turning professional in 2005, with not only three Grand Slam titles, but two Olympic gold medals and 45 ATP crowns. I'm in a better place than I was six months ago but still in a lot of pain.

Murray returned to competitive action from a hip surgery at the Fever-Tree Championships in Queen's last June.

"I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I'm not certain I can do that". I thought I needed to have an end point, because I was playing with no idea of when the pain was going to stop. "I tried everything I could to get it right, it hasn't worked".

"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.

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.

I think I can get through this until Wimbledon. That's something I'm seriously considering.

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

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