Andy Murray has been eliminated from the Australian Open after a brave fightback, but has admitted that there is “no guarantee” that he will return to play Wimbledon later this year.
Murray was two sets behind Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut, but fought back to two-two, before Bautista Agut won the fifth set convincingly.
Andy Murray v Roberto Bautista Agut – Scorecard
The former world No 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion tearfully revealed last week severe pain from a hip injury was proving too much to bear and he planned to retire this year. He would like to finish at Wimbledon, but admitted the opening major of the year in Melbourne could be his last tournament.
Murray: “No Guarantee” I Will Play Again
During his on-court interview following this morning’s loss, he thanked everyone who contributed to his career, and assured fans he would try to play again, but there is “no guarantee”.
“It was incredible, thank you so, so much to everyone that came out tonight. I’ve loved playing here over the years, it’s an amazing place to play tennis. If this was my last match, an amazing match to end.
“I gave literally everything I had. It wasn’t enough tonight so congratulations to Roberto and his team.
“I don’t really have anything else to say but thanks to everyone, my team, my family, and everyone that’s contributed to my tennis career.
“Maybe I’ll see you again. I’ll do everything possible to try. If I want to go again, I’ll need to have a big operation, which there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to come back from, but I’ll give it my best shot.”
Tomorrow at the Australian Open see’s Novak Djokovic play American Mitchell Krueger and Serena Williams face Germany’s Tatjana Maria. Meanwhile, Britain’s Johanna Konta faces Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in her bid to progress.