Andy Murray considers retiring

January 11, 2019
Britain's Andy Murray wipes tears from his face during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, January 11, 2019.
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MELBOURNE:

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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