Andy Murray admits Australian Open could be his final tournament

Ruben Holloway
January 11, 2019

Hindered by a hip injury, the three-time grand slam victor announced Friday on the eve of the Australian Open that he will retire at Wimbledon in July - if he can make it that far.

The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam victor pulled out of last year's Australian Open to have hip surgery and only returned in June at Queen's Club in London. The 31-year-old Murray revealed the target in the off-season was to make Wimbledon for a one last run at the home grand slam, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men, but now wasn't sure he'd make it.

He said he "I'm in a better place than I was six months ago but I'm still in a lot of pain".

Long considered part of the so-called Big Four in men's tennis with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Murray likely will be the youngest of them to retire.

"I can play with limitations but having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training", Murray, down to 230th in the rankings, said.

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Murray said he will play the Australian Open, where he has been drawn against No. 22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday, but he admitted this could even be his last tournament.

"The pain is too much really, it's not something I want to continue playing that way".

'I'm going to play here. He's a three-time Grand Slam victor (twice at Wimbledon, once at the US Open), a two-time Olympic champion, a Davis Cup champion, victor of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and a former world No. 1.

Then he underwent hip surgery last January in Australia, not returning until June and skipping Wimbledon altogether. "I've tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right and that hasn't worked". It would allow me to have a better quality of life, to be free of pain.

When he stood atop the podium again in Rio in 2016, Murray became the first man to land back-to-back Olympic tennis singles golds.

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"I need to have an end point because I'm just playing with no idea of when the pain will stop".

He said he's considering another hip operation, more to improve his quality of life than as a way of returning to the top level in tennis.

"I've pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads", Murray said when he returned to the press room.

"That's something I'm seriously considering right now", he said. Making that decision, I think I can get through to this at Wimbledon, that's when I'd like to stop playing. "Obviously you see me running around a tennis court, walking in between points, and obviously I know it doesn't' look good. look comfortable".

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