Tennis: Andy Murray Plans to Retire
Britain’s Tennis sensation Andy Murray has indicated he wants to retire after this year’s Wimbledon due to injuries but fears the upcoming Australian Open, which starts next week could be the end of his impressive career.
Speaking at a news conference in Melbourne on Friday, the visibly tearful Murry revealed he has not fully recovered from the hip surgery he underwent.
“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months. I want to get to Wimbledon and stop, but I’m not certain I can do that.” The 31-year-old three-time Grand Slam winner intimated, sobbing.
The Scot has played 14 matches since coming back in June 2018 from his right hip surgery last January. The former world number one decided to end the 2018 season in September to work intensively with rehabilitation expert Bill Knowles to get back to his former form, which helped him climb the apex position in tennis and earned him the US Open title in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 as well. However, Murray strongly believes he is unable to perform to his former level.
“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 – I need to think about my quality of life.” He lamented sadly.
Andy Murray revealed he has to make a choice between playing in agony and perhaps undergoing another hip surgery aimed at securing a better quality of life during retirement.
“I have the option of another operation which is 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.
“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.”
Murray insisted that his retirement would mean the end of pairing with his older brother Jamie in the doubles.
Andy Murray has won 3 Grand Slams, 2 Olympic gold medals, and 1 ATP Finals. He became the first British man to win the Wimbledon in 77 years, beating Djokovic in straight sets in 2013. At 29, Sir Murray became Britain’s youngest knight of modern times, knighted by the Queen in 2017.