Andy Murray has revealed he intends to end his career after Wimbledon – but injury may mean he cannot play beyond the Australian Open next week.
The 31-year-old Briton played only 12 matches last year and, returning to the Brisbane International last week, he won his opening match but lost in the second round, visibly limping at times.
He said he plans to play his opening match at the Australian Open on Monday against world number 22 Roberto Bautista Agut.
However, when asked if this might be his last tournament, he said: “Yes I think there’s a chance of that for sure because I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.”
Murray wiped away tears during a 10-minute press conference and at one point was so overcome by emotion that he walked out.
Minutes later he returned to talk about how the sport that dominated his life had left him with a hip injury so bad he sometimes struggled to put on his shoes and socks.
He said he had a “severely damaged” hip and had been playing with the pain “for a number of years”.
Fighting back tears, he told reporters: “During my training block (in Miami last month) I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing this.
“I needed to have an end point because I was sort of playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop.