Tennis Star Andy Murray has announced he’s set to retire from the game after Wimbledon in the summer but admitted that the Australian Open could be his final tournament.
The former Wimbledon winner revealed In an emotional press conference ahead of Australia open, that he was still troubled by the hip injury that has plagued him for the last 18 months and has no idea when the pain would stop.
“Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time, and I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now,”
“I’ve pretty much-done everything that 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 still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.
“I’m going to play. I can still play to a level, just not a level that I’m happy playing at. But it’s not just that. The pain is too much really and I don’t want to continue playing that way.”
The former world number one, however, disclosed that he had discussed his intention to quit tennis with his coaching crew and management during training in Florida last month, and determined to play through Wimbledon before retiring.
“I told them I can’t keep doing this, and I needed to have an endpoint because I was playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop,” he added. “I told them I think I can get through this until Wimbledon. That’s where I’d like to stop playing, but I’m also not certain I will able to do that.”
And when quizzed if the Australian Open could be his final tournament, the Scot said:
“Yes I think there’s a chance of that for sure because I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.
“I have an option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I’ve had before in having my hip resurfaced, which will allow me to have a better quality of life and be out of pain.
“That’s something I’m seriously considering right now. Some athletes have had that and gone back to competing but there’s obviously no guarantees with that and the reason for having an operation like that is not to return to the professional sport, it’s just for a better quality of life.”
Murray will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the first grand slam of the year at Melbourne on Monday.