MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray could retire after the Australian Open, with the extreme ache from his troublesome proper hip having turn into virtually insufferable for him to play on, the previous world primary stated on Friday.
Overcome with emotion, the three-times Grand Slam champion wept at a media convention as he revealed that he had initially deliberate to give up after enjoying this yr’s Wimbledon event however now felt Melbourne Park would possibly find yourself his swansong.
“There’s an opportunity of that, for positive, as a result of I’m undecided I’m capable of play by means of the ache for an additional 4 or 5 months,” the 31-year-old Briton, now ranked 230th on the planet, stated.
“The ache is an excessive amount of, actually, and I don’t wish to proceed enjoying that means.
“The ache shouldn’t be permitting me to get pleasure from competing or coaching or any of the stuff I like about tennis.”
5-times a runner up at Melbourne Park, Murray had surgical procedure on the joint a yr in the past, having performed with ache for quite a lot of years.
He got here again final June however was pressured to chop his 2018 season brief.
Whereas nonetheless struggling throughout a pre-season camp in December, Murray stated he had advised his workforce that he felt he couldn’t go on for for much longer.
“Simply enjoying with no thought when the ache was going to cease, and I felt like making that call,” he stated.
“I stated to my workforce, ‘Look, I believe I can type of get by means of this till Wimbledon.’ That was the place I’d prefer to cease — cease enjoying. However I’m additionally not sure I’m ready to do this.”
Twice Wimbledon winner Murray, Britain’s first males’s champion since Fred Perry in 1936, left the door to an eventual comeback barely ajar, saying he was mulling one other spherical of main hip surgical procedure.
He stated he had been in contact with American doubles champion Bob Bryan, who returned to the courtroom on the latest Brisbane Worldwide after having the surgical procedure.
The twice Olympic champion added, although, that the operation can be extra aimed toward bettering high quality of life than prolonging his profession.
“I’ve an choice to have one other operation which is a bit bit extra type of extreme than what I’ve had earlier than, having my hip resurfaced which might permit me to have a greater high quality of life,” he stated.
“That’s one thing I’m severely contemplating proper now.
“Bob Bryan had this operation post-Wimbledon final yr and is clearly enjoying.
“However clearly there’s a distinction between singles and doubles by way of the physicality and motion and stuff. Actually, no ensures there.”
Murray stated staple items in on a regular basis life, like placing on socks and footwear, had been inflicting him extreme ache and he had grown weary of speaking about his hip in each dialog.
Murray, who visibly struggled in a 6-1 4-1 follow match defeat to high seed Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park on Thursday, has been drawn to play 22nd seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut within the first spherical on Monday.
“I’m going to play, I can nonetheless play to a stage, not a stage that I’m completely happy enjoying at,” he stated.
Reporting by Ian Ransom; Enhancing by Nick Mulvenney