Andy Murray has announced that he will retire
after this year’s Wimbledon, or maybe sooner
than that, following a hip injury that has
limited him since June 2016.
Murray, 31, who earned a reputation as one of
the hardest-working players of his
generation, said that his decision to end his
playing career in 2019 had come during his
off-season training in December 2018.
Murray said in an emotional news conference
in Melbourne on Friday:
I spoke to my team, and I told them, ‘I
cannot keep doing this.
I needed to have an end point because
I was sort of playing with no idea when
the pain was going to stop. I felt like
making that decision.
I said to my team, ‘Look, I think I can
get through this until Wimbledon.’
That’s where I would like to stop
playing. But I am also not certain I am
able to do that.
Murray became the first British male singles
champion at a Grand Slam tournament in 76
years when he won the United States Open in
2012. He won Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016
and won Olympic gold medals in singles in
2012 and 2016. Murray reached the ATP’s No.
1 ranking for the first time at the end of the
2016 season, holding on to it through
Wimbledon the next year, according to The
New York Times.
The weight of his decision to retire was
obvious in his news conference on Friday,
when he broke down after he was asked: “How
are you feeling, and how is the hip injury?”
“Yeah, not great,” Murray said, his voice
shaking. He then sighed and let his emotions
flood in, and left the interview room for about
three minutes to compose himself..
When he returened he continued, saying:
Yeah, not feeling good/ Obviously, I’ve
been struggling for a long time. I have
been in a lot of pain. Well, it’s been
probably about 20 months now.
I have 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. Yeah, it has been tough.
Murray said he still planned to play at the
Australian Open against Roberto Bautista
Murray, who had hip surgery last January and
had seen his Melbourne-based surgeon on
Thursday, said that although the operation had
helped, it had not alleviated his pain, which he
said had been the “driving factor” in his
I can still play to a level — not a level
that I’m happy playing at.
It’s not just that: The pain is too
much, really. I don’t want to continue
playing that way. I think I have tried
pretty much everything I could to get
it right, and that hasn’t worked.
Asked if the Australian Open could be his last
tournament, Murray paused and wiped away
There’s a chance of that, for sure.
Yeah, like I said, I am not sure I am
able to play through the pain for
another four or five months.
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