In an emotional news conference, Andy Murray said he plans to end his career at Wimbledon but the Australian Open could be his farewell.
Andy Murray wants to retire after Wimbledon but the former world number one is not sure if he can make it through the Australian Open due to his troublesome hip.
Murray was in tears at Melbourne Park on Friday as the five-time Australian Open runner-up revealed the year’s opening grand slam could be his last tournament.
The 31-year-old and three-time major champion – set to face Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round – played just 12 matches in 2018 after undergoing hip surgery at the start of the year.
An emotional Murray – who briefly left the news conference to compose himself before returning – told reporters:
“I spoke to my team and I told them I can’t keep doing this. I needed to have an end point…”-Andy Murray#AusOpen Jan 10, 2019
“Not feeling good. Been struggling for a long time… I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months.”
“Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads… I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament.”
Murray, who struggled against world number one Novak Djokovic in a practice match on Thursday, added: “I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training.”
“Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that.”
The 31-year-old has struggled since undergoing surgery at the start of last year – restricted to just 12 matches in 2018 as his ranking plummeted to 230.
With Murray sensationally eyeing retirement in the coming months, we look at the numbers behind his storied career on the ATP World Tour.
663 – Since bursting onto the scene 14 years ago, Murray has won 663 ATP matches – losing 190 along the way.
1 – Murray topped the ATP rankings in November 2016.
45 – The Brit has claimed 45 ATP singles titles throughout his career.
3 – The number of grand slam titles Murray has won since turning professional in 2005.
8 – Murray has finished runner-up at a major tournament on eight occasions, including five times in Melbourne.
14 – Murray has 14 Masters crowns to his name, only behind Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi.
212 – He has the fourth-most Masters wins with 212, with a winning percentage of 72.4
2 – The Glasgow-born right-hander has won two gold medals at the Olympics after trumping Roger Federer in 2012 and Juan Martin del Potro four years later.
9 – The year 2016 was Murray’s most successful on tour, with the Scotsman winning nine trophies, including Wimbledon, the Paris, Shanghai and Rome Masters as well as the ATP Finals and a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio.
61,055,135 – Murray has collected more than $61million in prize money across both the singles and doubles circuits.
5,573 – He has fired down more than 5,500 aces on the ATP World Tour – winning 74 per cent of his first serves.