Andy Murray Tearfully Announces He's Retiring from Tennis

Jo Caldwell
January 11, 2019

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.

"I have a severely damaged right hip", he said.

He left his press conference in tears, a day after the Telegraph reported Murray looked like a shadow of his old self when he was soundly beaten by his childhood pal and the current world No. 1, Novak Djokovic, in a practice session at Melbourne Park. "I've tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right and that hasn't worked". "The pain is too much, really. Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that".

The 31-year-old Murray said he trained in the off-season with the main goal of making one last run at Wimbledon, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men with his title in 2013, but now wasn't sure he'd make it that far after doing everything he could to deal with the pain over the last 20 months.

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.

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Despite the limitations on his game imposed by the injury, Murray indicated he will compete at the Australian Open "but not a level I'm happy about".

"I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I'm not certain I can do that".

When he stood atop the podium again in Rio in 2016, Murray became the first man to land back-to-back Olympic tennis singles golds.

He said: "Obviously I have been struggling a long time and I have been in pain for about twenty months now.

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I've pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads", Murray said when he returned to the press room. I thought I needed to have an end point, because I was playing with no idea of when the pain was going to stop.

Murray said he was mulling another round of major hip surgery but added that it was more aimed at improving his "quality of life" and it might not mean an eventual return to the tour.

"That's something I'm seriously considering right now", he said.

"The walking, there are certain things on the court I can not really do properly now, but the pain is the driving factor. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training", he said in Melbourne.

"It got to a level where I didn't recover from that match, pushed it over the edge, having the operation would hopefully make it as good as possible".

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