|Australian Open 2019|
|Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January|
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Britain’s Andy Murray says he plans to retire after this yr’s Wimbledon however fears subsequent week’s Australian Open may very well be the ultimate match of his profession.
The three-time Grand Slam winner, who’s struggling to get better from hip surgical procedure, was in tears at a information convention in Melbourne on Friday.
“I am unsure I can play via the ache for one more 4 or 5 months,” stated the 31-year-old Scot.
“I wish to get to Wimbledon and cease however I am not sure I can try this.”
Nevertheless, Murray says he nonetheless intends to play his Australian Open first-round match in opposition to Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut subsequent week.
The previous world primary had surgical procedure on his proper hip final January and has performed 14 matches since returning to the game final June.
Murray ended his 2018 season in September to spend time working with rehabilitation knowledgeable Invoice Knowles however nonetheless appeared wanting the required degree when he performed world primary Novak Djokovic in an open observe match at Melbourne Park on Thursday.
In his information convention – throughout which he left the room to compose himself earlier than returning – Murray stated: “I am not feeling good, I have been struggling for a very long time.
“I have been in loads of ache for about 20 months now. I’ve just about carried out all the things I might to try to get my hip feeling higher and it hasn’t helped hundreds.
“I am in a greater place than I used to be six months in the past however I am nonetheless in loads of ache. I can nonetheless play to a degree, however not a degree I’ve performed at.”
‘The ache is an excessive amount of – I would like to consider my high quality of life’
Murray was frank in his evaluation of his skills, conceding he’s now not in a position to carry out to the extent at which he received the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016.
He instructed the world’s media of the agonising ache he’s in when playin and says additional hip surgical procedure could be wanted to make sure he has a greater high quality of life in retirement.
“The ache is an excessive amount of actually,” stated Murray, who can be a two-time Olympic champion. “I have to have an finish level as a result of I am enjoying with no thought of when the ache will cease.
“I might prefer to play till Wimbledon – that is the place I might prefer to cease enjoying – however I am not sure I am in a position to do this.
“I’ve the choice of one other operation which is just a little bit extra extreme – and entails having my hip resurfaced – which might enable me to have a greater high quality of life and be freed from ache.
“That is one thing I am significantly contemplating now. Some athletes have had it and gone again to competing however there isn’t any assure of that.
“If I had it, it will be to have a greater high quality of life.”
Murray, who was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list on the finish of 2016, additionally dominated out turning into a doubles participant sooner or later, ending the potential of him teaming up with older brother Jamie within the twilight of his profession.
Uncooked emotion in a sombre media room – evaluation
BBC Sport’s Jonathan Jurejko in Melbourne
From the second Andy Murray walked into the information convention at Melbourne Park, you felt a way that one thing wasn’t fairly proper.
Requested a easy opening query of how he was feeling, an emotional Murray struggled to get a solution of “not nice” out earlier than protecting his face together with his cap and sobbing beneath.
Murray has usually confirmed his emotion on courtroom however this was totally different. This was uncooked emotion in a spot the place gamers – and certainly sport stars usually – do not like to point out their true emotions in entrance of the world’s media.
A sombre silence crammed the room after Murray briefly left – earlier than he returned, just a little extra composed, and managed to inform us extra.
The toils of the previous 4 months – going to Philadelphia to work with rehab knowledgeable Invoice Knowles and realising he nonetheless cannot attain the required bodily degree which introduced him three Grand Slam titles, plus maybe the cruel actuality of being unable to compete with Novak Djokovic in a observe session right here on Thursday – have hit Murray.
Regardless of his fragile state, he nonetheless managed to fulfil his media duties and there was even proof of his dry wit popping out as he was interviewed by tv crews after the primary information convention.
However a cracking voice was by no means far-off as he mentioned the ache in his hip and in his thoughts as he contemplated his future.
And when his media duties had been carried out, the tears flowed once more between him and coach Jamie Delgado as they shared an embrace in a media centre hall.
|Murray’s profession in numbers|
|3 Grand Slams||37 weeks as world primary|
|2 Olympic gold medals||14 Masters 1000 titles|
|1 ATP Finals||8 Grand Slam finals|