Andy Murray has revealed his retirement plans and they do not make for a great reading if you are a fan of his.
In a tearful press conference in which he walked out once before returning, Murray revealed he was still battling a lot of pain from his hip injury and that it’s been an ongoing issue for the past 20 months.
Andy says he can’t put his socks on without pain 😢
“I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training…@Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that.” pic.twitter.com/9QDiV3M6KC
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 11, 2019
Speaking to the media, Murray said:
“Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that. I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months.”
He added things have become so difficult that he would have to seriously consider another operation to reduce his pain post his playing days, even citing how “putting shoes and socks on” is also resulting in a lot of pain right now.
This press conference followed a savage defeat for Murray in a practice match against Novak Djokovic, in which he won just two of the 12 games they played. Murray was trailing 6-1, 4-1 before he had to quit.
If this is true, I tip my cap to @andy_murray ! Absolute legend. Short list of best tacticians in history. Unreal results in a brutal era …… Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy https://t.co/FZbwmvRC2r
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) January 11, 2019
Murray has been handed a tough opening round match against the recent Qatar Open winner, Roberto Bautista-Agut. Having played only two Grand Slam matches since his 2017 Wimbledon defeat at the hands of Sam Querrey, it would be a sad end to a glorious career that has seen him capture three Grand Slam titles including two at Wimbledon.
2016 turned out to be his best year in tennis as he reached the final at the Australian Open and the French Open before capping it off with his third and final Grand Slam win at the Wimbledon.