Andy Murray one of the members of the “Big 4” which harassed the tennis world in the last 12 years, shocked the world last night in Melbourne, saying that he plans to retire after Wimbledon.
But what was more disturbing to hear, was the fact that he might not wait until summer, and that Australian Open could be the last tournament in his career.
In one very emotional press conference, where we saw tears and a heartfelt scene of a Scot crying and trying to pull himself together by leaving the room for a moment, and then coming back, Murray told that he couldn’t endure the playing anymore. His hip injury can’t heal properly, and that causes for him to feel intolerable pain.
“Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time, and I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now,” Murray said. “I’ve pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better, and it hasn’t helped loads.”
An emotional Andy Murray had to walk off before coming back to announce he's planning to retire because of his hip injury. pic.twitter.com/AMWP4UpkV9
— ESPN (@espn) January 11, 2019
He spoke to the media about his conversation with his team, and his decision to tell them that he can’t play anymore. All of the members are informed about his intention to stop playing after Wimbledon.
Still, when asked if there is a possibility that Aussie Open might be his last tournament, Murray answered positively.
“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.”
The former No.1 player is seriously thinking about having another hip injury which will be more demanding than the previous life. At this stage, he needs to think about life after tennis, and it appears that the surgery would increase the quality of it.
“The reason for having an operation like that is not to return to professional sport, it’s just for a better quality of life,” Murray said.
Andy Murray was one of the best tennis players of his age and for sure the most important figure in British tennis since Fred Perry.
His Wimbledon trophy from 2013 was the first one for a player from Great Britain since 1936, and Perry’s triumph at the All England Club. When he won the 2012 US Open against his friend Novak Djokovic, Murray became the central figure in his homeland, restoring the national pride because of success in the sport which was considered by the Brits as their national.
1. Andy Murray's press conference at the Australian Open, today, was a heartbreaker.
He's been a constant class-act in a sport where grandiosity is as common as yellow balls on a court.
His first Wimbledon win in 2013 was a tearjerker. pic.twitter.com/cofrQ2fZQA
— Martine St-Victor (@MartineMontreal) January 11, 2019
Earlier that year Murray won the Olympic Games in London indicating his rise, and making of the biggest achievements of his career, which he repeated four years later in Bejing, becoming the only player in both competitions who won two gold medals, and managed to defend the title. It is for sure an accomplishment which will be tough to repeat, and let alone surpass.
During his rich career, Murray won numerous titles, to be exact 45. But the most important ones are the three Grand Slams, two of them at Wimbledon, and the above-mentioned at Flushing Meadows.
He also has 14 ATP Masters 1000 titles and is one of few who has 7 of possible 9 tournaments in that series.
The highlight of his career came in 2016, when he earned the eternal love of the whole nation. Back then Murray led Great Britain to a first Davis Cup title in 80 years, by defeating the Belgians in a tough matchup away from home. During that victorious quest, Murray won all of 11 games in which he participated, eight in singles and three in doubles.
Andy Murray may have won two Wimbledon titles, the US Open, two Olympic golds and countless other individual honours.
But remember when Britain's greatest ever tennis player did this for the team…pic.twitter.com/O3EyWgdbpb
— Sporting Life (@SportingLife) January 11, 2019
His game-winning point against David Goffin which brought the title to the Brits was one of the most spectacular closures ever seen in the history of this competition, and maybe the entire tennis.
This is without a doubt a sad day for all the tennis fans around the world.
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.