Andy Murray to retire, Australian Open can be the last event
Former number one and triple Grand Slam winner Andy Murray breaks down in Melbourne because he says he is likely to retire this year because of severe pain from a hip injury
A whiny Andy Murray announced on Friday that he would probably quit this year due to severe pain from a hip injury, and said that next week's Australian Open could be the last tournament of a shimmering career.
The former number one and triple Grand Slam winner made it to a press conference in Melbourne when he said that the pain had become almost unbearable.
"I can play with limitations, but having the limitations and the pain does not allow me to enjoy competitions or training," said the emotional Scotsman.
Thirty-one year old "Sir Andy" said he would like to finish at his home Grand Slam in Wimbledon, but sadly admitted that he might not get that far.
He will be remembered as the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years and as a player who fought to the top in a golden era for the match alongside Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
"Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing, but I'm not sure if I can," he said.
"I have struggled for a long time, I'm not sure if I can endure the pain for another four or five months.
"Almost everything I could do to try to get my hip feeling better and it has not helped much yet."
He won the Australian Open last year for a hip operation and only returned to Queen's Club in London in June.
He ended the season in Shenzhen in September after only a handful of appearances to concentrate on his way back to full fitness.
Andy Murray will be remembered as the first British man who won Wimbledon in 77 years and as a player who fought in the golden days for the game alongside Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
But he was knocked out in the second round when he returned to Brisbane last week and retired on Thursday after less than an hour of practice in Melbourne against Djokovic, clearly blocking his move.
"I think the Australian Open is my last tournament," he said.
While he plans to start his opening match against 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week, it remains to be seen how his body can withstand potentially debilitating clashes of five positions in energy-efficient heat.
"I'm going to play, I can still play to a level, not to a level that I'm happy with," he said.
– & # 39; Legend of a bloke & # 39; –
One of the so-called Big Four, along with Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, who have dominated the game for years, Murray's ranking has dropped to 230.
He has not reached a Grand Slam final since he won his second Wimbledon title in 2016, but has enjoyed a glorious career since becoming professional in 2005 with not only three Grand Slam titles, but also two Olympic gold medals and 45 ATP crowns.
Especially in 2013, Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon for 77 years, which ended the country's obsession with finding a champion in the footsteps of Fred Perry.
The best Australian coach Darren Cahill, who until recently was coaching world number one Simona Halep, said that Murray was an example of the never-to-be-done stance that best separated from the average.
"When you search for examples of & # 39; emptied, the bucket would be as good as they could be & # 39; there should be a photo of Andy Murray that is under that quote," he tweeted.
"Remarkable discipline for training, competition, sacrifice, perfection, a bit crazy but a legend of a guy."
Former star Andy Roddick also paid tribute on Twitter.
"I tip my hat to @andy_murray! Absolute legend: A short list of best tacticians in history Unreal results in a brutal era Nothing but respect here.I hope he can end strong and healthy," he said.
Murray said he had an option for another operation on his troublesome hip, but it was more about his quality of life after hanging his racket.
"That's something I'm seriously considering now," he said.
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