MELBOURNE, Australia – British tennis player Andy Murray said on Friday that he plans to retire after this year’s Wimbledon championships, as the former world number one continues to be plagued by injuries.
Murray, who has been struggling to recover from hip surgery a year ago, was in tears at a press conference in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open.
“I’m not feeling good, I’ve been struggling for a long time,” the three-time Grand Slam winner said.
“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months,” he said.
Murray said he hopes to be able to play in this year’s Wimbledon, a tournament he has won twice, in 2013 and 2016, but was uncertain if injuries would allow him to do so.
“I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I’m not certain I can do that.”
“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.”
The 2012 Olympic gold medal winner faces Spain’s Roberto Bautista on Monday as he kicks off what appears to be his last Australian Open, where he has been a losing finalist five times.