Andy Murray, three-time Grand Slam winner, has dropped a bomb ahead of 2019's first major grand slam, Australian Open. Murray, the 31-year-old, has revealed that this year's Wimbledon could well be his last tournament before retirement. However, he added that he fears next week's Australian Open could be the final as well.
Murray was struggling to recover from a hip surgery which led to his absence from half of 2018. He was in tears as he addressed to the journalists.
Murray said, "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."
Murray conceded, "I'm not feeling good, I've been struggling for a long time. 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."
Murray also dismmised the possibility of becoming a doubles player in the future. Thus, he may also not be teaming up with older brother Jamie.
However, the 31-year-old said that he still intended to play his Australian Open first-round match against Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut on January 14. The former world number one had surgery on his right hip last January and has played 14 matches since returning to the court last June.
Murray ended his 2018 season in September to spend time working with rehabilitation expert Bill Knowles, but still looked short of the required level when he played world number one Novak Djokovic in an open practice match at Melbourne Park on January 10.
Murray will become the first member of tennis' so-called "Big Four" -- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the other three -- to call it quits.
It is really shocking to hear Murray's exit. He, at 31, had some of the best years ahead of him but unfortunately, injuries have played a big role in dreailing his progress.
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