Tearful Murray: Australian Open could be his last tournament

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A tearful Andy Murray says the Australian Start could also very properly be his final match on account of a hip hurt that has hampered him for nearly two years.

The three-time Colossal Slam champion says he plans to begin his opening match in opposition to No. 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut on the Australian Start, where he has reached the final 5 instances nonetheless never received the title.

“I’m going to play (in Australia) — I will restful play to the extent,” Murray said. “No longer a level I’m tickled playing at — nonetheless also, it’s no longer correct that. The nervousness is too a lot in actual fact.”

Murray had exact hip surgical operation in January 2018 and, after two transient makes an are attempting to come again to the tour, performed most productive 12 suits within the 365 days.

He returned on the Brisbane World final week, where he received his opening match nonetheless misplaced within the 2d spherical to Daniil Medvedev, showing visible indicators of limping between aspects.

The 31-365 days-previous Murray, who ended lengthy Colossal Slam droughts for British males and also received the Olympic gold medal, had hoped to play the first half of 2019 and fabricate a bustle at Wimbledon.

“That’s where I’d device shut to terminate playing … nonetheless I’m also no longer obvious I’m ready to develop that,” Murray said. “I don’t are looking to continue playing that plan. I’ve tried all the pieces I could also to rep it exact and that hasn’t labored.”

Murray held a data convention Friday at Melbourne Park, and had to leave the room for a whereas soon after it began to manufacture himself as he fronted the media.

He said he’s pondering one other hip operation, extra to enhance his constructive of existence than as a formulation to come again to the head level in tennis.

The Australian Start begins Monday.

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