Tearful Andy Murray in Press Says Australian Open Could be His Last Tournament; Hopes to End Career at Wimbledon
Andy Murray News Conference
(January 11, 2019) Three-time major winner Andy Murray has been hampered with a right hip injury announced in a tearful news conference ahead of the Australian Open, that this might be his last tennis tournament. The Scot had surgery on his hip a year ago, but is still dealing with pain.
“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now,” Murray said in his news conference. “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.”
“In the middle of my training block back in December I spoke to my team, I told them that I can’t keep doing this, that I needed an end point, because I can’t keep playing with no idea when the pain will stop.”
The 2016 year-end No. 1, the winner of two Wimbledons, a US Open, the 2015 Davis Cup and two Olympic gold medals in singles wants The Championships to be his swan song.
“I told them that I’ll try and get through this until Wimbledon,” said the 31-year-old. “That’s where I would like to stop playing, but I’m also not certain I’m able to do that,”
Murray is scheduled to play his first round match in Melbourne against 22nd seed Robert Bautista Agut.
Ivan Lendl on Murray: “As Andy looks to wind down over the next several months the world of tennis will lose a great competitor but he will leave a measure of true grit that we all can learn from. He has always left it out on court.”
— Ravi Ubha (@raviubha) January 11, 2019