Devastating news from Andy Murray that announces his imminent retirement from tennis.
The former world no.1 has been struggling for long with his hip injury. The Brit was operated in January last year in Melbourne, but he has never managed to recover from that fully.
Currently ranked no.230, Andy was able to play only 13 matches in 2018 with a 7-6 win-loss record. The Brit put a huge effort in the pre-season hoping that a proper fitness would have eliminated his struggle, but that is not the case. On Thursday, he had to cut short a warm-up match against Novak Djokovic to throw the towel when he was 1-6 1-4 down.
I have been struggling for 20 months. MURRAY
Talking to the reporters on Friday, Andy broke up in tears to comment
“I’ve been struggling for a long time. I’ve been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done everything I could to get my hip feeling better. I feel like 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.
I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament.”
Wimbledon is where I would like to retire
Then Andy added
“I’m not sure I can play through the pain for the next four to five months. I can play with limitations, but having the limitations and the pain isn’t 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.”