Tennis: Andy Murray Set For Retirement
Few days into 2019, the sporting world is already being hit with some surprising developments.
In a quite emotional manner, British tennis star, Andy Murray has announced that next week's Australian Open could be his last tournament.
The 31-year-old - a double Olympic and Wimbledon champion - has struggled with a hip injury for several years and he no longer thinks he has the wherewithal to carry on at the very top as far as playing tennis is concerned.
After his last surgery, Murray only played 12 matches in 2018 and pulled out of the warm-up tournament for the first slam of the season.
After admitting the problems, he broke down in tears, before returning a few minutes later to admit his career would end this season.
He said: “In December, I spoke to my team and told them: ‘I cannot keep doing this’. I was playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop. I felt like making that decision.
“I said to my team: ‘Look, I think I can get through this until Wimbledon.’ That’s where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that.”
Murray is a five-time runner-up at the Australian Open and admitted there is chance his first-round match with Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut could be his last.
He added: “There’s a chance of that, for sure. I am not sure I am able to play through the pain for another four or five months. I have an option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I have had before.
“It would allow me to have a better quality of life and be out of pain, and that is something I’m seriously considering right now.
“Some athletes have had that and gone back to competing but there are obviously no guarantees with that and the reason for having an operation would not be to return to professional sport. It’s just for a better quality of life.”
The sign of Murray struggling with injury has been difficult to watch for his legion of admirers.
“I’ve been struggling for a long time and I have been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now,” he added.
“I have pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better but It hasn’t helped loads.
“The pain is too much, really. I don’t want to continue playing that way.
“I think I have tried pretty much everything I could to get it right and that hasn’t worked.” Murray lamented at a press conference to herald his participation at the 2019 Australian Open.
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