Andy Murray admits Australian Open could be his final tournament

Sir Andy Murray post box

Andy Murray made a classy gesture to a devoted fan at the Australian Open.

The 31-year-old said he still plans to take on the Australian Open but could walk away from tennis this month if his condition doesn't improve.

Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. "That's where I'd like to stop playing, but I'm also not certain I will able to do that".

Murray is determined to play on and call time on his illustrious career after the Wimbledon fortnight, but he conceded he was unsure if he could play through the pain over the next six months. It's not something I want, I don't want to continue playing that way. In an emotional press conference at Melbourne Park on Friday, when he had to leave the room briefly after his first attempt to get it started, and needed to pause several times to compose himself, Murray said he wasn't sure how much longer he could play. He's a three-time Grand Slam victor (twice at Wimbledon, once at the US Open), a two-time Olympic champion, a Davis Cup champion, victor of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and a former world No. 1. He also became the only player to win consecutive singles gold medals at the Olympics.

There were no shocks with the announcements of the top seeds for the men's and women's singles tournaments at the Australian Open, with top-ranked Djokovic and Halep heading the seeds in their respective tournaments. "In the middle of December I spoke to my team and told them I can't keep doing this. I tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right - that hasn't worked".

Sir Andy married Kim Sears at Dunblane Cathedral in 2015
Sir Andy married Kim Sears at Dunblane Cathedral in 2015

Murray said he had an option of another operation on his troublesome hip, but it was more about his quality of life after hanging up his racquet.

Murray, who has slipped to 230th in the world rankings, is due to face Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round in Melbourne.

"That's something I'm seriously considering right now", he said. "The pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training or any of the stuff I love about tennis".

Murray intends playing in the season-opening major at Melbourne Park but says there is a chance it will be his final tournament. "There are little things, day to day, that are also a struggle". "Obviously you see me running around a tennis court, walking in between points, and obviously I know it doesn't' look good. look comfortable. That's the main reason for doing it". "I told them I think I can get through this until Wimbledon".

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