Andy Murray reveals he will retire from tennis at Wimbledon or earlier – watch his tearful press conference

Andy Murray reveals he will retire from tennis at Wimbledon or earlier – watch his tearful press conference
Andy Murray breaks down during the press conference (Photo: Getty)

Sir Andy Murray has revealed he plans to retire from tennis after this year’s Wimbledon – but admits he may be forced to quit the sport even earlier.

In a tearful press conference at the Australian Open this morning, the Scot explained why he plans to call time on his career.

“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months,” he told the media. “I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I’m not certain I can do that.

The 31-year-old, who has been battling a long-term hip injury, still intends to play his Australian Open first-round match against Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week.

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But he candidly admitted this could be his last tournament as a professional player.

“I’m not feeling good, I’ve been struggling for a long time,” he added.

“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done everything 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 I’m still in a lot of pain. I can still play to a level, but not a level I have played at.”

‘The pain is too much’

The three-time Grand Slam winner had surgery on his right hip last January and has played 14 matches since returning to the sport last June.

“The pain is too much really,” he said. “I need to have an end point because I’m playing with no idea of when the pain will stop.

“I’d like to play until Wimbledon – that’s where I’d like to stop playing – but I’m not certain I’m able to do that.

“I have the option of another operation which a little bit more severe – and involves having my hip resurfaced – which would allow me to have a better quality of life and be free of pain.

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“That’s something I’m seriously considering now. Some athletes have had it and gone back to competing but there’s no guarantee of that. If I had it, it would be to have a better quality of life.”

His announcement prompted a wave of support from the world of tennis.

Tributes to a champion

Billie Jean King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, tweeted: