Former world number one and three time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray revealed on Friday that the Australian Open could be his last tournament as he plans to retire after Wimbledon this year.
The hill might belong to Tim Henman but as far as British players go the court at Wimbledon belongs to Andy Murray, the Scot ending over 70 years without a British winner with two championships at SW19 but on Friday the 31 year old revealed that in 2019 it would be his last tournament as he hangs up his tennis shoes.
Murray has been struggling with his hip for nearly two years and had surgery to fix it last year and ended his season early to continue rehab but has only played 14 matches since last January.
In an emotional press conference on Monday, in which he had to leave to compose himself before returning, he revealed his plan to retire this summer but admitted the pain might not allow him to get that far and the Australian Open could be his last tournament.
“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.
“I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but I’m still in a lot of pain. I can still play to a level, but not a level I have played at.
“The pain is too much really. I need to have an end point because I’m playing with no idea of when the pain will stop.
“I’d like to play until Wimbledon – that’s where I’d like to stop playing – but I’m not certain I’m able to do that.
“I have the option of another operation which is a little bit more severe – and involves having my hip resurfaced – which would allow me to have a better quality of life and be free of pain.
“That’s something I’m seriously considering now. Some athletes have had it and gone back to competing but there’s no guarantee of that.
“If I had it, it would be to have a better quality of life.”
Murray kisses his second Wimbledon trophy. Image: PA Images
As well as twice winning Wimbledon the 31 year old has also won the US Open and is a two time Olympic gold medalist, including at London 2012 playing at Wimbledon.
Murray has reached the Australian Open final on five occasions but it is looking unlikely he’ll get past the first round in his final tournament in Melbourne.
His injury has seen him drop down to 230th in the world and he faces 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut.