- The Briton thus draws the consequences of his 20 months ongoing hip problems.
- He wanted to play again at Wimbledon, so Murray – but was not sure if the pain allowed.
- The 31-year-old still wants to compete in the upcoming Australian Open next week.
Former tennis world number one leader Andy Murray may end his career due to ongoing hip problems after the upcoming Australian Open – but no later than the summer at Wimbledon. The 31-year-old announced this at an emotional press conference on Friday in Melbourne, where next Monday the first Grand Slam tournament of the new season begins. In the first round with Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, the unoccupied Scot has a difficult task ahead of him – Murray's opponent has just won the ATP tournament in Doha. In the main field Murray was moved by the "Protected Ranking" for long injured professionals.
Shortly after the start of his press conference, Murray had to leave the room for a short time, before he could face the questions of the media representatives again with wet eyes. Although the Briton, who is only 230th in the world rankings and wants to compete in his first round match, sees himself in the long run but not in a position to play at the highest level.
"I'm not sure I'll be in pain for another four or five months, I want to make it to Wimbledon and then stop, but I'm not sure I'll do that," he said.
Two Wimbledon victories, one US Open title, two Olympic gold medals
Murray has been suffering from hip problems for 20 months and was operated on a year ago. Because of the ongoing pain, he is even considering another surgery.
His mainly defensive and counterattacked game requires him a lot of running work and often leads to long rallies, but brought Murray much success. He won twice at Wimbledon, was twice Olympic champion, won the title at the US Open and was five times in the final of the Australian Open and once in the final of the French Open.