Murray to retire, hopes to play Wimbledon

Mae Harvey
January 11, 2019

US Open champion Osaka opens against Poland's Magda Linette, and sees last year's upset artist and this year's No.28 seed Hsieh Su-wei, 2018 semifinalist and No.12 seed Elise Mertens and No.6 seed Elina Svitolina in her quarter.

"Obviously I have been struggling a long time and I have been in pain for about twenty months now, ' Murray told reporters as he battled his overwhelming emotions".

"I'm going to play (in Australia)".

Murray says he is planning to end his tennis career during the United Kingdom summer, but does not know if he can continue playing through his pain until then. "But also, it's not just that".

Murray added that he is considering the option to have further surgery, in a move to ease his hip pain post-retirement.

The Romanian, the beaten finalist past year, is returning from a herniated disc and was bundled out of the Sydney International yesterday at the first hurdle. The 31-year-old three-times major champion returned to action last June but the former world number one cut short a deflating season in September.

British tennis fans will now watch on nervously as Murray takes on Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round at Melbourne Park, with the Scot admitting it may be his final match in the sport, although he hopes to bow out at Wimbledon later this year.

Murray will go down as one of Britain's best ever sportsmen for his achievements in an era of tennis in which he has had to compete with icons such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic will start his bid to win a record seventh Australian Open title next week against a qualifier following Thursday's draw. "That's where I'd like to stop playing, but I'm also not certain I will able to do that". It's not something I want, I don't want to continue playing that way. If I was to have an operation for that, I would rehab correctly, do it properly to give my hip the best chance as being good as it can be.

Murray, 31, has battled lingering hip issues for almost two years and has been unable to return to full strength.

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