Citing Pain, Andy Murray Says He Will Retire After Wimbledon

MELBOURNE, Australia — Still struggling which has a hip injury which has limited him since June 2016, Andy Murray announced Friday which he would certainly retire after This kind of year’s Wimbledon — if not sooner.

Murray said which his decision to end his playing career This kind of year came during his off-season training in December.

“I spoke to my team, in addition to I told them, ‘I cannot keep doing This kind of,’ ” Murray said in an emotional news conference in Melbourne. “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 doing which decision.

“I said to my team, ‘Look, I think I can get through This kind of until Wimbledon.’ which’s where I would certainly like to stop playing. nevertheless I am also not certain I am able to do which.”

Murray, 31, became the first British male singles champion at a Grand Slam tournament in 76 years when he won the United States Open in 2012. He won Wimbledon in 2013 in addition to 2016, in addition to won Olympic gold medals in singles in 2012 in addition to 2016. Murray reached the ATP’s No. 1 ranking for the very first time at the end of the 2016 season, holding on to This kind of through Wimbledon the next year.

A counterpuncher who wears down opponents through his elite physicality in addition to guile, Murray earned a reputation among the hardest-working players of his generation. He will be well-known among his peers for an off-court affability which provided a striking contrast by his often-ornery on-court demeanor. Murray was particularly admired by many in women’s tennis for his vocal support of their tour in addition to his decision to hire Amélie Mauresmo as his coach in 2014.

Though often inside the shadow of the others inside the Big Four of men’s tennis — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer in addition to Rafael Nadal — Murray will be considered by many the greatest sportsman in Scottish history. He was knighted at 29.

Just two years later, which has a ranking of 230 after the injury layoff, Murray accepted his mortality inside the sport. The weight of the decision was obvious in his news conference on Friday, when he broke down after the opening question: “How are you feeling, in addition to how will be the hip injury?”

“Yeah, not great,” Murray said, his voice quavering. He then sighed in addition to let his emotions flood in, in addition to left the interview room for about three minutes to compose himself.

“Yeah, not feeling not bad,” he said when he returned. “Obviously, I’ve been struggling for a long time. I have been in a lot of pain. Well, This kind of’s been probably about 20 months at This kind of point.

“I have pretty much done everything which I could to try in addition to get my hip feeling better, in addition to This kind of hasn’t helped loads. I’m in a better place than I was six months ago nevertheless still in a lot of pain. Yeah, This kind of has been tough.”

Murray said he still planned to play at the Australian Open, where he will be a a few-time runner-up. His first match will be Monday against 22nd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut.

Murray’s outlook in Melbourne looked bleak even before his announcement. In a practice match Thursday, Murray was thrashed by his longtime rival Djokovic, who led 6-1, 4-1, before their time slot on the court ended.

“I can still play to a level — not a level which I’m happy playing at,” he said on Friday. “This kind of’s not just which: The pain will be too much, genuinely. I don’t want to continue playing which way. I think I have tried pretty much everything I could to get This kind of right, in addition to which hasn’t worked.”

Murray had hip surgery last January, in addition to said he saw his Melbourne-based surgeon on Thursday. He said which although the operation had helped, This kind of had not alleviated his pain, which he said was the “driving factor” in his decision.

“I can play with limitations, which’s not an issue,” Murray said. “This kind of’s having the limitations in addition to also the pain will be not allowing me to enjoy competing, training or any of the stuff I love about tennis.”

Asked if the Australian Open could be his last tournament, Murray paused in addition to wiped away tears again.

“There’s a chance of which, for sure,” he said. “Yeah, like I said, I am not sure I am able to play through the pain for another four or a few months.”

Murray said which his injury had also taken an emotional toll.

“I have talked a lot, way too much, about my hip for 18 months,” Murray said. “This kind of’s a daily thing. This kind of isn’t just people I work with which ask me, This kind of’s everyone. So everyone I bump into, which will be all I talk about This kind of. This kind of’s pretty draining.”

Murray said which he had spoken “not loads, nevertheless once or twice” with psychologists about his injury.

“nevertheless nothing helps because you are in lots, lots in addition to lots of pain,” he added. “You cannot do what This kind of will be which you want to do, in addition to you love doing. Or I can do This kind of, nevertheless This kind of’s not fun or enjoyable doing This kind of anymore.

“which will be what I have done. I have tried to deal with This kind of, talked about This kind of, nevertheless none of which makes my hip feel better, unfortunately. I wish This kind of did, because if This kind of did, This kind of would certainly be feeling brilliant right at This kind of point. nevertheless This kind of doesn’t.”