British Number 1 Andy Murray has revealed that the opening Grand Slam competition of 2019 might well be his last as a professional player, the two-time Olympic gold medal winner and three-time Grand Slam champion struggling with a hip injury in recent months despite undergoing surgery around one year ago. Indications are that this operation hasn’t been entirely successful and he appears to be having problems overcoming the injury.
A tearful Murray told reporters that his last few tournaments have involved a lot of pain and he stated that the niggling injury problems will likely result in him having to hang-up his tennis racket, at least in a professional capacity.
Murray has indicated that he wishes to retire after Wimbledon, however he admitted that the continued injury pain could force him to retire long before the tournament in which he has won on two previous occasions.
“Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time, and I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now,” he said.
“I’ve pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads. I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.
“I’m going to play. I can still play to a level, just not a level that I’m happy playing at. But it’s not just that. The pain is too much really and I don’t want to continue playing that way.
“During my training block [in Miami in December] I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing this. I needed to have an end point because I was sort of playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop.
“I said to my team, look I think I can get through this until Wimbledon. That’s where I’d like to stop playing. But I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.”
Murray hinted that he might decide to call time on his professional career at the end of the 2019 Australian Open which starts on Monday, therefore the possibility remains that his first-round meeting with Roberto Bautista-Agut may well prove to be his last.
The leading bookmakers believe that Andy Murray will be dumped out of the tournament at the first-round stage with Spaniard Bautista-Agut 2/9 favourite to win despite losing to the Scot in their three meetings thus far.
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