Tearful Andy Murray Announces Plans to Retire From Tennis
Andy Murray announced this Australian Open “almost certainly” will be his last tournament, bringing to a painful end a career in which he won three grand slam titles and was honoured with a knighthood.
The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is struggling to recover from hip surgery, was in tears as he spoke to journalists in Melbourne on Friday.
“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months,” said the Scot.
“I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I’m not certain I can do that.”
Murray, who won three Grand Slam titles — Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 and the 2012 U.S. Open — and two Olympic gold medals, had hip surgery in January 2017.
In his news conference, Murray conceded: “I’m not feeling good, I’ve been struggling for a long time.
“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done everything I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads.
“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.”