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Andy Murray concedes the Australian Open could be his last tournament after outlining plans to retire.
Struggling with the pain on a daily basis, Murray said that while he could well call time at the conclusion of his Melbourne campaign, he hopes to make it to his home grand slam at Wimbledon and end his career in front of a home crowd.
“Not great,” he said before excusing himself and leaving the interview room.
When he returned, the dual Wimbledon champion and US Open winner said: “So I’m not feeling great.
“Been struggling for a long time, I’ve been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months.
“I’ve pretty much-done everything I could get my hip feeling better.
Tennis will come to an end for us all but the friendships will last a lifetime. What you’ve done for the sport will live on forever. I’m hoping for a strong and healthy finish for you, my friend! @andy_murray
Very sad how rapidly this has all happened. Andy Murray to retire at this year’s Wimbledon. Pain in hip so severe that Australian Open could even be his final professional tournament.
“It’s been tough.”
Murray agreed the Australian Open, where has lost five finals (2009-10, ’13, 15-16), could be the last of his astonishing career.
The baseliner said he could still “play to a level, but not a level I’m happy about.”
Murray told his team during the off-season of his plans to bow out at Wimbledon.
He said he could undergo further surgery this year but that would be to help him post-career.
Murray is due to face Roberto Bautista-Agut in the first round at Melbourne Park.