Andy Murray to retire, eyes Wimbledon as last event
11 January, 2019, 08:14 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
Three-time grand-slam champion Andy Murray is considering retiring after the Australian Open, admitting he can no longer play at the top level.
The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam victor pulled out of last year's Australian Open to have hip surgery and only returned in June at Queen's Club in London.
Murray will play against Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open next week.
Murray was obviously moved by 18-year-old tennis fan Jordyn "Peeta" Kollmorgen after her gushing post about seeing the Scot in action during a practice match against Novak Djokovic on Thursday. "I've tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right and that hasn't worked". But it's not just that, 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", he said. The 31-year-old Murray revealed the target in the off-season was to make Wimbledon for a one last run at the home grand slam, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men, but now wasn't sure he'd make it.
Murray has had a celebrated career, breaking long Grand Slam droughts for British men when he won the U.S. Open in 2012 and at Wimbledon the following year - when he was the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the prestigious lawn tennis title.
"Just playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop, and I felt like making that decision", he said. "I can still play to a level, not a level I'm happy playing at", he said. "In the middle of December I spoke to my team and told them I can't keep doing this".
Murray added, becoming tearful again, "But I'm also not certain I'm able to do that".
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 said he had an option of another operation on his troublesome hip, but it was more about his quality of life after hanging up his racquet.
When Murray ultimately decides he's had enough, he may elect to undergo a major hip surgery that would effectively end his playing days but hopefully improve his quality of life. "That's something that I'm seriously considering right now".
"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. I can play with limitations, that's not an issue, it's having the limitations and also the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing, training or any of the stuff I love about tennis".
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I asked everybody, no signs, nothing, just out of the blue, so that's the decision you have to make. He got a little bit exhausted near the end but understandably so - he played in the week as well.