In Friday’s press conference, Andy Murray has revealed that he plans to retire from tennis after this year’s Wimbledon, at 31 years of age. He emotionally admitted that next week’s Australian Open could be his last tournament.
This is due to a long-standing hip injury, which he had surgery for last January. The injury has left him unable to manage even simple tasks, such as putting socks and shoes on. He has decided to retire after he realised the pain would be too great to continue playing. Murray has been offered another, more severe, operation that would ease his pain and improve his quality of life, however, Murray insists that this would not be an attempt to save his career.
Murray gave a tearful statement at the press conference: “I have been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now. I have pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better. It hasn’t helped loads. I’m in a better place than I was six months ago, but still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.”
Although Murray has spoken with psychologists, he’s admitted that little has helped. “You cannot do what it is that you want to do, and you love doing. Or I can do it, but it’s not fun or enjoyable doing it any more.”
Despite his plans to stop playing officially only after Wimbledon, Murray himself is unsure whether he’ll be able to keep playing up until then.
Murray has won three Grand Slam titles, having reached a major final eleven times. He also won two Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016, as well as leading Britain to a Davis Cup triumph in 2015 — a first in 79 years. Not only this, but Murray is also a spokesperson for feminism.
There is no doubt that, whatever is next for Murray, his legacy will live on.