MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray might retire after the Australian Open, with the extreme ache from his troublesome proper hip having turn into nearly insufferable for him to play on, the previous world primary mentioned 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 stop after taking part in this yr’s Wimbledon event however now felt Melbourne Park may find yourself his swansong.
“There’s an opportunity of that, for positive, as a result of I’m undecided I’m in a position to play by means of the ache for an additional 4 or 5 months,” the 31-year-old Briton, now ranked 230th on the planet, mentioned.
“The ache is an excessive amount of, actually, and I don’t need to proceed taking part in that method.
“The ache will not be permitting me to get pleasure from competing or coaching or any of the stuff I really 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 a lot of years.
He got here again final June however was pressured to chop his 2018 season quick.
Whereas nonetheless struggling throughout a pre-season camp in December, Murray mentioned he had informed his crew that he felt he couldn’t go on for for much longer.
“Simply taking part in with no thought when the ache was going to cease, and I felt like making that call,” he mentioned.
“I mentioned to my crew, ‘Look, I feel I can type of get by means of this till Wimbledon.’ That was the place I’d wish to cease — cease taking part in. However I’m additionally not sure I’m ready to try 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 mentioned he had been in contact with American doubles champion Bob Bryan, who returned to the court docket on the current Brisbane Worldwide after having the surgical procedure.
The twice Olympic champion added, although, that the operation could be extra aimed toward bettering high quality of life than prolonging his profession.
“I’ve an choice to have one other operation which is somewhat 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 mentioned.
“That’s one thing I’m severely contemplating proper now.
“Bob Bryan had this operation post-Wimbledon final yr and is clearly taking part in.
“However clearly there’s a distinction between singles and doubles by way of the physicality and motion and stuff. Actually, no ensures there.”
Murray mentioned basic items in on a regular basis life, like placing on socks and sneakers, 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 observe 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 glad taking part in at,” he mentioned.
Reporting by Ian Ransom; Enhancing by Nick Mulvenney