Andy Murray may retire after the Australian Open, with the severe pain from his troublesome right hip having become almost unbearable for him to play on, the former world number one said on Friday (January 11).
The three-times Grand Slam champion wept at a media conference as he revealed that he had initially planned to quit after playing this year’s Wimbledon tournament but now felt Melbourne Park might end up his swansong.
The 31-year-old twice won Wimbledon, in 2013 and 2016 and took the U.S.Open in 2012. He finished runner up in the Australian Open five times and won 45 ATP titles. He also took gold medals at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Murray, who visibly struggled in a 6-1 4-1 practice match defeat to top seed Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park on Thursday, has been drawn to play 22nd seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday (January 14).