Andy Murray said Friday he plans to retire after Wimbledon because of his right hip injury, if he can keep playing beyond this month’s Australian Open.
In an emotional news conference at Melbourne Park, the 31-year-old former world No. 1 said the pain had become too much to bear and that he had made the decision last month during his training camp.
“I spoke to my team and I told them I can’t keep doing this and that I need to have an end point, because I was just playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop,” said a tearful Murray. “I said, look, I think I can kind of get through this until Wimbledon. That is where I would like to stop. I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.
“I can still play to a level, not a level that I’m happy playing at. But it’s not just that. The pain is too much, really. It’s not something I want. I don’t want to continue playing that way. I’ve tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right, and that hasn’t worked.”
Murray, who won three Grand Slam titles. Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 and the 2012 US Open, and two Olympic gold medals, had hip surgery in January 2018.
1. Andy Murray's press conference at the Australian Open, today, was a heartbreaker.
He's been a constant class-act in a sport where grandiosity is as common as yellow balls on a court.
His first Wimbledon win in 2013 was a tearjerker. pic.twitter.com/cofrQ2fZQA
— Martine St-Victor (@MartineMontreal) January 11, 2019
So much passion, so much heart, so much love for the game.
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