Andy Murray contemplating retirement after Australian Open

Three-time grand-slam champion Andy Murray is about to retire from tennis and will make the Australian Open his remaining event, admitting he can now not play on the prime degree after enduring years of serious hip points. A devastated Murray was in tears on Friday when he made the announcement, briefly strolling out of a media convention to assemble his composure. The Scotsman intends to play within the season-opening main at Melbourne Park and had hoped to make Wimbledon his remaining hurrah. However he conceded there was an opportunity he wouldn't make it past the Australian Open. “I’m not feeling good. I’ve clearly been struggling for a very long time,” Murray mentioned. “I’ve been in plenty of ache for most likely about 20 months now. “I can nonetheless play to a degree, (though) not a degree that I’m completely happy enjoying at. Nevertheless it’s not simply that, the ache is an excessive amount of actually. “I don’t wish to proceed enjoying that manner. I’ve tried just about all the things to get it proper and that hasn’t labored.” Murray received the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 to affix Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic within the ‘huge 4’ of males’s tennis. A five-time finalist at Melbourne Park, Murray mentioned he had mirrored on his future throughout a coaching block on the finish of final yr. “I spoke to my group and I advised that I can’t preserve doing this, that I wanted to have an finish level as a result of (I used to be) simply enjoying with no concept when the ache was going to cease,” he mentioned. “I mentioned to my group ‘I feel I can get by way of to Wimbledon’ … that’s the place I wish to cease enjoying. However I’m additionally not sure I’m in a position to try this.”