A tearful Andy Murray has said that he plans to retire after this year’s Wimbledon, but says that due to injury fears, next week’s Australian Open could be the last tournament of his career.
Murray, who has won three Grand Slam’s in a career that saw him spend 37 weeks as the world number one, was in tears at a press conference in Melbourne as he described his injury issues.
“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months. I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I’m not certain I can do that.”
The 31-year old Scot explained that he could have another operation, but said that there was “no guarantee” of returning to playing.
“I have the option of another operation which is a little bit more severe – and involves having my hip resurfaced – which would allow me to have a better quality of life and be free of pain.
“That’s something I’m seriously considering now. Some athletes have had it and gone back to competing but there’s no guarantee of that.
“If I had it, it would be to have a better quality of life.”
Murray has said that he plans on playing in the Australian Open, which begins on Monday 14th January, where he faces Roberto Bautista Agut, the 22nd seed.
Both current and former professionals have reacted to Murray’s statement, and have said that it is the end of an era. Former US Open winner Andy Roddick called Murray an “absolute legend”, saying that he was one of the best tacticians in the sport’s history.
British number one Kyle Edmund spoke of how Murray was his “role model”, and said that he could be seen as Britain’s best ever sportsman.
“To be able to have had the experiences that I’ve had with him and memories in terms of training with him and getting to know him personally and seeing what he’s done on the court and achieved, he’s definitely helped my career.
“It’s obviously not nice to read that he’s going to be retiring at some point but, at the same time, it’s a nice way to reflect his career, knowing that he’s going to be done, and seeing what he’s achieved. It’s been amazing.”