Andy Murray Tearfully Announces His Retirement From Tennis

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A tearful and injury-plagued Andy Murray on Friday announced he is likely to retire this year and hopes to make it until Wimbledon, but conceded the Australian Open could be his last event.

In an emotional news conference at Melbourne Park, the 31-year-old former world No. 1 said the pain had become too much to bear and that he had made the decision last month during his training camp. The 31-year-old Murray revealed the target in the off-season was to make Wimbledon for a one last run at the home grand slam, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men, but now wasn't sure he'd make it.

He said: "Obviously I have been struggling a long time and I have been in pain for about twenty months now".

In an emotional media conference where the three-time major victor left the room to regain his composure, Murray said the injury was affecting his enjoyment of the sport and even everyday activities were proving hard.

Despite the limitations on his game imposed by the injury, Murray indicated he will compete at the Australian Open "but not a level I'm happy about".

While he intends to begin his opening-round match against 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week, how his body withstands potentially gruelling five-set clashes in energy-sapping heat remains to be seen.

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"Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing, but I am not certain I am able to do that", he said.

The Scot, champion at Wimbledon twice after landing his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2012, walked out of his press conference in tears after being asked about the status of his hip, to which he initially replied "not great". "I've tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right and that hasn't worked". He also became the only player to win consecutive singles gold medals at the Olympics. "I said to my team "I think I can get through to Wimbledon". that's where I would like to stop - stop playing".

Murray said he had an option of another operation on his troublesome hip, but it was more about his quality of life after hanging up his racquet. "The pain is too much really and I don't want to continue playing that way". "Some athletes have had that and have gone back to competing (but) the reason for having an operation like that is not to return to professional sports, you know, it's just for a better quality of life". "That's something I'm seriously considering right now".

"The walking, there are certain things on the court I can not really do properly now, but the pain is the driving factor".

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