Andy Murray Says Severe Pain May Force His Retirement After Australian Open

Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray says pain from a lingering injury will force him to retire after Wimbledon this year, adding that the Australian Open may be his last ever professional tennis tournament.

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A visibly emotional Murray excused himself from a press conference in Melbourne this morning after revealing his hip is still causing him severe pain, despite the former World #1 undergoing surgery on the injured joint a year ago.

“I think there is a chance this is my last tournament,” the 31-year-old told reporters, adding “I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.”

He said he “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.”

Murray struggled during a practice match against Novak Djokovic yesterday, which saw the Scot retire after 49 minutes with the scores set at 6-1, 4-1.

Despite the limitations on his game imposed by the injury, Murray indicated he will compete at the Australian Open “but not a level I’m happy about.”

His first competitive match of the tournament is set for Monday against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.