Andy Murray broke down as he revealed that will end his career this year — but may not even make it past the Australian Open.
In an emotional press conference, the two-time Wimbledon champion was in tears as he revealed that the Grand Slam event starting on Sunday could be the last tournament he plays.
The 31-year-old is set to take his place in the Melbourne draw. But he could not rule out walking away from the sport if he loses to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.
“Obviously I have been struggling a long time and I have been in pain for about twenty months now,” he said. “I’ve pretty much done everything that 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 still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.
“I’m going to play here. I can still play to a certain level, not a level I’m happy playing at. It’s not just that. The pain is too much really, I don’t want to continue playing that way.
“I’ve tried pretty much everything I could do but it hasn’t worked. In the middle of December I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing this. I thought I need to have an end point, because I was playing with no idea of when the pain was going to stop.
“I said to them maybe I could get through this until Wimbledon, that is where I would like to stop playing but I am also not certain I am able to do that,” the great tennis player announced.