Andy Murray announces plans to retire from tennis


For now, he's only committing to the Australian Open.

"There's a chance for sure", he said, "because I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months".

"I can play with limitations but having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training", Murray, down to 230th in the rankings, said. "But also, it's not just that". But it's not just that, the pain is too much really. It's not something I want, I don't want to continue playing that way. "I've tried everything I could to get it right and that hasn't worked".

Murray will play against Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open next week.

Five-times a runner up at Melbourne Park, Murray had surgery on the joint a year ago and has been unable to recover his best form. He's a three-time Grand Slam victor (twice at Wimbledon, once at the US Open), a two-time Olympic champion, a Davis Cup champion, victor of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and a former world No. 1.

He walks away with two Wimbledon wins, a US Open title and two Olympic medals.

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Murray has been preparing for the 2019 season knowing that his career could be over within months.

In his training program last month, Murray told his support group that the pain was becoming too much and that he needed to set a date for retirement.

"I said to them maybe I could get through this until Wimbledon, that is where I would like to stop playing but I am also not certain I am able to do that". "I said, look, I think I can kind of get through this until Wimbledon, that is where I would like to stop". But I'm also not certain I'm able to do that.

Murray is determined to play on and call time on his illustrious career after the Wimbledon fortnight, but he conceded he was unsure if he could play through the pain over the next six months.

He said he's considering another hip operation, more to improve his quality of life than as a way of returning to the top level in tennis.

"That's something I'm seriously considering right now", he said. It would allow me to have a better quality of life, to be free of pain. "I've obviously been struggling for a long time", Murray said.

"The walking, there are certain things on the court I can not really do properly now, but the pain is the driving factor". "There are little things, day to day, that are also a struggle".

"Still in absolute shock that I finally got to see the man behind my love for tennis in action today", she wrote on Instagram.