Shattered Murray nears the end
A shattered Andy Murray is desperately hoping for a Wimbledon swan song but concedes the Australian Open may be his last tournament, with a chronic hip injury forcing him to confront retirement.
Murray was in tears yesterday when he made the announcement, briefly walking out of a media conference to gather his composure.
Britain’s only men’s singles champion in more than 80 years intends to play in the seasonopening major at Melbourne Park and hopes to bid farewell to his legion of fans at the All England Club in July.
But after slipping to No.230 after last year’s hip surgery, the former world No.1 said there was a chance he wouldn’t make it beyond the Open starting on Monday.
“I’m not feeling good. I’ve obviously been struggling for a long time,” the 31-year-old said.
“I’ve been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now.
“I can still play to a level, (although) not a level that I’m happy playing at. But 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 to get it right and that hasn’t worked.”
Murray’s triumphs at the 2012 US Open and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 ensured he was no longer the bridesmaid of men’s tennis, cementing his status as a member of the Big Four.
“I said to my team ‘I think I can get through this until Wimbledon’ . . . that’s where I would like to stop playing. But I’m also not certain I’m able to do that,” he said.