Andy Murray’s during pre-Australian Open press conference has sent his fans shocking as he announced his retirement. The world No. 1 and the three-time Grand Slam champion has long been struggling with a hip injury and confessed he felt pain when putting his socks and shoes on even to this day.
Murray takes on Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round at Melbourne Park, with the Scot admitting it may be his final match in the sport, although he hopes to bow out at Wimbledon later this year.
‘I’m going to play. I can still play to a level, not a level I’m happy playing at,’ he said. ‘The pain is too much really, it’s not something I want to continue playing that way.
I tried everything I could to get it right, it hasn’t worked. My plan is kind of middle to end of December in my training block, I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing it. ‘I need to have an end point because I’m just playing with no idea of when the pain will stop. Making that decision, I think I can get through to this at Wimbledon, that’s when I’d like to stop playing. I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.’ He said.