The injury-ridden Scot has been hampered by a hip injury since a Wimbledon quarter-final defeat to Sam Querrey in the summer of 2017 and has struggled to regain fitness after undergoing surgery on the issue a year ago.
And he has revealed that this month’s Grand Slam could well be his last, but that if he makes it through then he will most definitely retire after Wimbledon in July.
After admitting he’s “not great”, the 31-year-old said to the media in an emotional press conference, “I have been struggling for a long time. I have been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I am in a better place than I was six months ago but I am still in a lot of pain. It has been tough. During my training block I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing this. I need to have an end point because I’m just playing with no idea of when the pain will stop. He added, “Wimbledon is where i would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that. I’m going to play (in Melbourne). I can still play to a level. Not a level that I’m happy playing at”, reported The Guardian.
“But it’s not just that. The pain is too much really and I don’t want to continue playing that way.”
The three-time Grand Slam champion was driven to tears as he made the announcement to a room of journalists and revealed that the extent of his pain means he cannot put socks on without struggling.
Andy Murray briefly had to leave the room having been overcome by emotion before returning and confirming he could end his career as soon as next week. Asked if the Aussie Open could be his last ever tournament, Murray admitted: “Yes I think there’s a chance of that for sure because I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months. I have a severely damaged right hip. Having the operation last year was to give it the best possible chance of being better. I can play with limitations, but having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training.”
The hip pain- the same hip pain that was causing him to groan and amble around the court stiffly and break down mid-match 18 months ago is apparently bad enough now that Murray was forced to admit that the Australian Open, which will conclude on the 27th of this month, could be his final tournament.