Andy Murray: Can't play through pain anymore
Injury-plagued Andy Murray breaks down during Melbourne press meet; says Australian Open may be his last event
A tearful Andy Murray yesterday 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. The former World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner broke down at a press conference in Melbourne as he said the pain had become almost unbearable. "I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training," the emotional Scot said.
Sir Andy, 31, said he would like to finish at his home Grand Slam in Wimbledon, but ruefully admitted he might not make it that far. He will be remembered as the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years and as a player who battled his way to the top in a golden era for the game alongside Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
"Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing, but I'm not certain I am able to do that," he said.
"I've been struggling for a long time. I'm not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months. "Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads." He pulled out of last year's Australian Open to have hip surgery and only returned in June at Queen's Club in London. He ended the season at Shenzhen in September after only a handful of appearances to concentrate on working his way back to full fitness.
"I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament," he said. While he intends to begin his opening-round match against 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week, how his body withstands potentially gruelling five-set clashes in energy-sapping heat remains to be seen.
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