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Tennis: Murray Tears As Britain's Greatest Announces Retirement At Wimbledon This Year Due To Hip Injury

Tennis: Murray Tears As Britain's Greatest Announces Retirement At Wimbledon This Year Due To Hip Injury
1/10/2019
Andy Murray broke down as he revealed that he will end his career this year at Wimbledon — 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.

Murray seems to have been finally overwhelmed by the struggle to overcome the hip injury that first flared up badly during the grass court season of 2017. 

He said that he hopes to go on until Wimbledon this summer but feels that even that may be a bridge too far.

 The 31-year-old Scot, who was thrashed in a practice match by Novak Djokovic yesterday, still plans to take his place in the Melbourne draw. 

The Scot faced away from the cameras and press as he attempted to compose himself during the difficult situation 
The Scot faced away from the cameras and press as he attempted to compose himself during the difficult situation
But he could not rule out walking away from the sport if he loses to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.   It would bring down the curtain on one of the greatest British sporting careers. 
Murray began his press conferece by stating ‘I’m not great’ when asked how he was feeling. He then became emotional and left the room for several minutes to compose himself. 

On returning he talked of how the pain in his hip had become of such an order that even the simple act of putting on socks was causing him difficulty. 

It seems that his dream of his daughters being able to watch him seriously compete is now, sadly, at an end. 
The 31-year-old will still play in the Australian Open, where he faces the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round
The 31-year-old will still play in the Australian Open, where he faces the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round
He said:

Obviously I have been struggling a long time and I have been in pain for about twenty months now.

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 hapy 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 Decdember 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.

Asked whether this could turn out to be his last event he replied 'There's a chance of that for sure.'   

Murray would love to be able to take his final bow on the Centre Court but things have got so bad that he may not get to depart at the time and place of his choosing.
The former World No 1 has been struggling with his injury for more than eighteen months and said his fitness was 'not great' 
The Scot broke down in tears during his press conference as he announced his decision to end his career at Wimbledon
He said:

I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months. I have considered another operation that is a little more severe (than the one he had this time last year). I could have my hip resurfaced which would allow me a better quality of life. I'm seriously considering that right now but there's no guanratees with it. 

It would be nice to do things without any pain, putting shoes and socks on, that would be the amin reason for me doing it.

He sounded very pessimistic that it would be the kind of surgery that would allow him to play again. He even ruled out the idea of becoming a doubles player, which would require less movement.  

Murray saw his Australian surgeon, John O' Donnell on Thursday, the same man who operated on him on January 8 last year.  
Murray's conclusion:


I have a severly damaged right hip. The pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing.  
Murray excused himself from the room to compose himself for a minute before returning to  deliver his announcement
Murray excused himself from the room to compose himself for a minute before returning to  deliver his announcement
He also spoke of the mental turmoil of having to answer questions about his health: 

everyone I bump into that's all they want to talk about, it's pretty draining. I have spoken to psychologists about it. It's not fun or enjoyable. 
The three-time Grand Slam winner wipes away tears from his eyes as he leaves his press briefing following his decision 
The three-time Grand Slam winner wipes away tears from his eyes as he leaves his press briefing following his decision
Murray cut a visibly frustrated figure during the day as he talked with his coaching staff during the practice match 
Murray cut a visibly frustrated figure during the day as he talked with his coaching staff during the practice match
Murray's career highlights include two Wimbledons, a US Open title and two Olympic gold medals, at London and Rio. 

He also carried Great Britain to victory in the 2015 Davis Cup, winning eleven matches over four rounds under the old format.  
 Murray is a two-time Wimbledon winner, a US Open winner, a double Olympic gold medallist  and a former World No 1 
 Murray is a two-time Wimbledon winner, a US Open winner, a double Olympic gold medallist  and a former World No 1
Grand Slams were what would go on to define any great champion but Murray quickly excelled at the Olympics, first in front of a home crowd at London 2012 beating Roger Federer, before collecting his second with victory over Juan Martin del Potro.

But the maiden Slam title was the big breakthrough – and it came across the Atlantic.  
He lifted the Wimbledon trophy for a second time in 2016, after beating Canadian Milos Raonic on Centre court at SW19
He lifted the Wimbledon trophy for a second time in 2016, after beating Canadian Milos Raonic on Centre court at SW19
His first Grand Slam brought with it plenty of history as his success at Flushing Meadows saw him end Britain's 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam singles champion.  

The epic 7-6 (12-10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final lasted four hours and 54 minutes in New York but was a sign that the Briton was a big player at the top of the game.  
Murray poses with the Wimbledon trophy, and his wife Kim, after his first victory in 2013, where he beat Novak Djokovic
Murray poses with the Wimbledon trophy, and his wife Kim, after his first victory in 2013, where he beat Novak Djokovic
Wimbledon remained the one he craved so dearly and 12 months on from his success in the Olympic Games, he was back on Centre Court with the trophy in his hands. 

A clinical 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win over Djokovic was a stylish way to give those in attendance memories that will not have faded to this day. 

SW19 is where Murray wants to end his career now – and where he feels most at home. 

Daily Mail reports
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