Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray has broken down in an Australian Open press conference saying the Melbourne Park championship may be his last.
The 31-year-old Scottish star said he had hoped to be able to get to Wimbledon at the middle of the year — when he planned to retire — but his own body might not allow him to continue that long.
Murray was struggling with injuries, notably his troublesome hip in the past couple of years, and today it seems that the pain could be all too much.
After barely surviving a practice session using Novak Djokovic on Thursday, Murray had to be excused early in his Friday interview, because he broke down in tears when asked about his fitness regimen.
“So I am not feeling great,” Murray said when he returned.
“Been struggling for quite a while, I have been in a lot of pain for about 20 months.
“I have pretty much done what I could to receive my stylish feeling better.
“I am in a better place than I was six months ago but I am still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.”
Chronic back pain and hip injuries have hurt Murray over the previous few years and that he had a surgery in an attempt to continue with his career.
But in a catastrophic admission, Murray said”I can’t even put my shoes or socks on without any pain.”
“I have a severely damaged right hip, having the surgery last year was supposed to give it the best possible chance of becoming better.
“I will play together with constraints. But with the constraints and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training.
“I will playwith. I can play to a degree. Not a level that I am happy playing at. Nevertheless, it’s not just that. The pain is too much really and I don’t need to continue playing that way.
“During my training block I talked to my group and informed them I can not keep doing this.
“I had to have an end point since I was kind of enjoying with no idea when the pain was about to stop. I said to my team, look I think I could get through this until Wimbledon. That is where I’d love to quit playing, but I’m also not certain I am able to do this”
Andy Murray walked from a press conference earlier today.
Murray said the Australian Open, where was a finalist five times could be his final championship.
“Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling and it has not helped heaps, I believe there is an opportunity the Australian Open is my last tournament,” he explained.
“I’m not sure I could play through the pain for another four or five weeks ”
Murray also ruled out trying to become a doubles player.
The global outpouring of support for Murray was instant with legends and fans equally praising the Scotsman.
Since Murray’s career brings to a close he will be remembered as a gritty baseliner who climbed to the top of the world against all odds by breaking the stranglehold that Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic needed on the men’s match when he shot out the 2012 US Open title.
And in 2015 he led Britain into an historic Davis Cup victory, as they won for the first time since 1936. Murray never lost a match when representing his country in that campaign and went 11-0 before he raised the Cup alongside brother Jamie