Former world number one and 3-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray has said the Australian Open could be the last tournament of his career, but hopes to make his retirement at this year’s Wimbledon.
The 31-year-old Brit, who was very emotional at a press conference ahead of next week’s Australian Open in Melbourne, revealed his struggles with a persistent hip injury.
“Not feeling good. Been struggling for a long time…I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months,” Murray said.
“Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads…I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament.”
The pain has been troubling enough for Murray, so much he feels pain putting his socks on. He, however, desires to keep going until Wimbledon, where he was champion in 2013 and 2016, but isn’t sure he can continue playing through the pain.
“I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training…Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that.”
Murray spent most of the last 18 months on the sidelines due to injury. As a result, he’s slipped to a current rank of 230th in the world.
Murray’s announcement came after a poor training session against Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park, where the Serbian won 10 of 12 games played.
A five-time finalist at the Australian Open, the Brit will take on No.22 seed, Roberto Bautista-Agut in the first round on Monday.