Andy Mur­ray con­sid­ers re­tir­ing

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Aus­tralia (AP): A tear­ful Andy Mur­ray says the Aus­tralian Open could be his last tour­na­ment be­cause of the hip in­jury that has de­railed his ca­reer.

The 31-year-old Mur­ray said he trained in the off sea­son with the main goal of mak­ing one last run at Wim­ble­don, where he ended the 77-year drought for Bri­tish men, but now was not sure he would make it.

In an emo­tional news con­fer­ence at Mel­bourne Park on Fri­day, when he had to leave the room shortly after his first at­tempt to get it started, and needed to pause sev­eral times to com­pose him­self after re­turn­ing, Mur­ray said he was not sure how much longer he could play.

PAIN IS TOO MUCH

“I’m go­ing to play (in Aus­tralia). I can still play to a level — not a level I’m happy play­ing at,” he said. “But also, it’s not just that. The pain is too much re­ally,”

The three-time Grand Slam cham­pion is sched­uled to play his open­ing match against num­ber 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut at the Aus­tralian Open, where he has reached the fi­nal five times but never won the ti­tle. The sea­son-open­ing ma­jor starts Mon­day.

Mur­ray had right hip surgery in Jan­uary 2018 after pro­longed prob­lems with the joint. After two brief at­tempts to re­turn to the tour, he played only 12 matches last year.

He re­turned at the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional last week, where he won his open­ing match but lost in the sec­ond round to Daniil Medvedev, show­ing vis­i­ble signs of limp­ing be­tween points and strug­gling to move around court smoothly.

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