Andy Murray to retire, admits Australian Open could be last event
- Updated: January 11, 2019
Andy Murray a three-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one pulled out of the Australian Open last year and had to undergo hip surgery and only made a return to the sport in June at the Queen’s club in London.
Injuries were a constant hindrance and Murray managed to make just 4 more appearances before ending his season after the Shenzhen Open in September to work on his fitness. Murray returned to Tennis this year but suffered heartbreak when he was knocked out of the Brisbane Open in the second round and called it quits after a 30-minute practice session with Novak Djokovic.
“I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training,” breaking down in tears, an emotional Andy Murray said in Melbourne.
“Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing, but I am not certain I am able to do that.
“Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads,” he further added.
“I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament.”
Andy Murray intends to start his opening round fixture against Roberto Bautista Agut at Melbourne Park in the coming week. We are yet to see how his body which is recovering form continuous injuries will withstand potentially five-set matches in the extreme heat of Australia.
“I’m going to play. I can still play to a level, not a level I’m happy playing at. The pain is too much really, it’s not something I want to continue playing that way” Murray concluded.