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Tearful Andy Murray reveals he's retiring this year - and may not even make Wimbledon

Mirror logo Mirror 11/01/2019 Neil McLeman

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British tennis great Andy Murray will retire by the summer and says he is nearing the end. 

The Scot will call it a day after accepting his hip injury isn't improving.

Murray, 31, fought back the tears in his pre-tournament press conference – and even left the room at one point – before admitting he is close to hanging up his racket. 

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The two-time Wimbledon champion aims to say goodbye in July at the event he won in 2013 and 2016 - but the way he spoke on Thursday night, he wasn't sure how long he could continue.

But he accepts that he may not make SW19 - and next week's Australian Open could be his final event because of the chronic pain. 

Andy Murray of Great Britain breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne on January 11, 2019, ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. - Injury-plagued former world number one Murray on January 11, 2019 said he is set to retire this year and hopes to make it till Wimbledon, but conceded the Australian Open could be his last event. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) Andy Murray of Great Britain breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne on January 11, 2019, ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. - Injury-plagued former world number one Murray on January 11, 2019 said he is set to retire this year and hopes to make it till Wimbledon, but conceded the Australian Open could be his last event. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

He fears Monday's first round match Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut could be his last ever game.

Gallery: Facts you may not know about Murray (Microsoft GES)

"I have been struggling for a long time," he said. "I have been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. 

“I can't put my shoes or socks on without any pain.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 11: Andy Murray of Great Britain speaks during a press conference ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 11, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 11: Andy Murray of Great Britain speaks during a press conference ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 11, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) "I spoke to my team in December – and I said I can't keep doing this. I needed to have an end point. Playing with no end to where the pain would stop."

Asked if this could be his final event, he said: “For sure. I am not sure I can carry on like this for another four or five months.

"I said to my team I can get through this till Wimbledon. This is where I would like to stop playing. 

I am also not certain I am able to do that.” He added: "I have done everything I could to get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads. I am in a better position than I was six months ago but I am still in a lot of pain. It has been tough.

"I have done everything I could to get my hip feeling better and it hasn't. I am in a better position than I was six months ago but I am still in a lot of pain. It has been tough." 

Murray says going under the knife one more time would end his career – but is considering it for a better “quality of life” in retirement.

“I have an option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I have had before," he added. "Having my hip resurface, which will allow me to have a better quality of life, be out of pain.

“That is something I’m seriously considering right now. Some athletes have had that and gone back to competing.

“But there are obviously no guarantees with that, and it is not something… the reason for having an operation is not to return to professional sport, it’s just for a better quality of life.”

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