Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has confirmed that he will call time on an astonishing career at Wimbledon this year, that is, if he is able to last that far. The Scot, who is a five-time Australian Open finalist, will compete at Melbourne Park, but the ongoing pain in his hip has forced him into thinking of a premature retirement.
On Friday, a teary-eyed Murray announced his decision at a press conference.
"I can play with limitations but having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training. Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that. Not feeling good. Been struggling for a long time. I'm not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months. Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads. I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament."
Murray's coach during his greatest triumphs - Ivan Lendl, was quick to react to his favourite pupil's decision. "As Andy looks to wind down over the next several months, the world of tennis will lose a great competitor but he will leave a measure of true grit that we can all learn from," the former world number one told CNN.
The former world number one, who had surgery on his right hip last January, has played just 14 matches since returning to the sport last June.
Having become the first British man Six years ago to win at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, Murray had received a knighthood for his tennis achievements and charity work on the eve of 2017.
Murray is scheduled to face Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round at the Australian Open. In current situation, this could well be the last time tennis sees Murray on court.