Andy Murray has said he plans to retire after Wimbledon but admitted the upcoming Australian Open could be his last tournament.
The 31-year-old, who has been struggling with pain in his right hip for almost 18 months, made the announcement at an emotional press conference, where he often tried to in vain to fight back tears.
“I need to have an end point because I’m just playing with no idea of when the pain will stop. Making that decision, I think I can get through to this at Wimbledon, that’s when I’d like to stop playing. I’m also not certain I’m able to do that,” he said in Melbourne.
“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months,” he added, admitting the upcoming tournament could be his swansong.
The former world number one struggled through a practice match against Novak Djokovic on Thursday ahead of the tournament starting in Melbourne next week.
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