In a tear-jerking press conference at Melbourne Park on Friday, an emotional Andy Murray broke down, saying he wanted to retire after Wimbledon but conceded Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career due to a trouble hip.
As he walked into the conference room, the former world number couldn’t hide his emotion, looking away from a group of journalists who were waiting for his speech.
When asked how he was feeling, tearful Murray responded he was “not great.” Then he covered his face with his cap and started sobbing before he walked away for a few minutes to cool off. He eventually returned and announced his retirement this year.
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Murray, who has been struggling to give his best on the court, said he still has intended to play his Australian Open first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut next week. The three-time Grand Slam winner had hip surgery in January 2018 and has played only 14 matches since returning to the sport last June.
The 31-year-old Briton conceded he has been in a lot of pain for about 20 months.
“I’ve tried everything I could to get my hip feeling better. It hasn’t helped loads, I’m in a better place than I was six months ago, but I’m still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough,” he said.
Murray became the first British male singles player to win a Grand Slam in 76 years after he clinched the US Open in 2012. He went on to win gold medals in London Olympic gold in 2012 and 2016 Rio.
Currently ranked 230, Murray is the only player to win Wimbledon twice in 2013 and 2016 during the reign of tennis great trio Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal. He reached the ATP’s No. 1 ranking for the first time at the end of the 2016 season.