31-years-of-age and a former world number one, Andy Murray is an icon of the pro tennis circuit and after 14 years in the game it has been announced that the player will retire. Following a lingering hip injury that has required multiple surgeries, the British athlete will see his last tournament at Wimbledon – but he might not make it that far.
During Friday afternoon on the eve of the Australian Open, Andy Murray appeared in an emotional press conference, breaking down as he told reporters he would retire at Wimbledon.
“So I’m not feeling great,” he said. “Been struggling for a long time, I’ve been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months. I’ve pretty much done everything I could to get my hip feeling better. I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but I’m still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.”
But Murray may not make it to the English grand slam.“I think there is a chance this is my last tournament. There’s a chance for sure. I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.”
Following the shock announcement, support is flooding through with Andy Roddick posting a heartfelt tweet.
If this is true, I tip my cap to @andy_murray ! Absolute legend. Short list of best tacticians in history. Unreal results in a brutal era …… Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy https://t.co/FZbwmvRC2r
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) January 11, 2019
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