British top seed Andy Murray has announced plans to retire after this year’s Wimbledon though he expressed fears about next week’s Australian Open becoming his final tournament of his career.
The three-time Grand Slam winner recently recovered from a hip surgery and is currently working his fitness towards participating in this month’s Australian Open.
A teary Murray appeared at a news conference in Melbourne earlier today to break the news to the public.
When asked how he felt and how ready he was for the tournament, he replied:
“I’m not feeling good, I’ve been struggling for a long time. 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.”
“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done everything I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads. I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but I’m still in a lot of pain. I can still play to a level, but not a level I have played at.”
‘The pain is too much – I need to think about my quality of life’
The 31-year old had surgery on his right hip last January and has played 14 matches since returning to the sport last June.
“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.” he continued.
“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 will take on Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open which begins next week Monday.
By Chineze Ogugua