Andy Murray to retire from tennis this year
Andy Murray has actually revealed that he will retire after this year’s Wimbledon, or perhaps quicker than that, following a hip injury that has actually restricted him since June 2016. Murray, 31, who made a credibility as one of the hardest-working players of his generation, stated that his choice to end his playing profession in 2019 had actually come during his off-season training in December 2018.
Murray stated in an emotional press conference in Melbourne on Friday:
I spoke to my team, and I told them, ‘I cannot 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 felt like making that decision.
I said to my team, ‘Look, I think I can get through this until Wimbledon.’ That’s where I would like to stop playing. But I am also not certain I am able to do that.
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Murray ended up being the very first British male single champion at a Grand Slam competition in 76 years when he won the United States Open in 2012. He won Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 and won Olympic gold medals in singles in 2012 and 2016. Murray reached the ATP’s No. 1 ranking for the very first time at the end of the 2016 season, hanging on to it through Wimbledon the next year, according to The New York Times.
The weight of his choice to retire was apparent in his press conference on Friday, when he broke down after he was asked: ““ How are you feeling, and how is the hip injury?
“Yeah, not fantastic,” Murray stated, his voice shaking. He then sighed and let his feelings flood in, and left the interview space for about 3 minutes to compose himself.
When he returned he started saying:
Yeah, not feeling good/ Obviously, I’ve been struggling for a long time. I have been in a lot of pain. Well, it’s been probably about 20 months now.
I have 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. Yeah, it has been tough.
Murray stated he will still play against Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian Open. Murray, who had hip surgical treatment last January and had actually seen his Melbourne-based surgeon on Thursday, stated that although the operation had actually assisted him, it had actually not relieved his pain, which he stated had actually been the “driving element” in his decision to quit tennis.
I can still play to a level — not a level that I’m happy playing at.
It’s not just that: The pain is too much, really. I don’t want to continue playing that way. I think I have tried pretty much everything I could to get it right, and that hasn’t worked.
Asked if the Australian Open might be his last competition, Murray clean up his tears and stopped briefly before saying:
There’s an opportunity of that, for sure. Yeah, like I stated, I am not exactly sure I have the ability to play through the pain for another 4 or 5 months.