Former world number one Andy Murray announced that he will be retiring from international tennis this year.
The teary-eyed Scot said that while he would like Wimbledon to be his last tournament, he feels he might have to end things before that.
Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing, but I am not certain I am able to do that. I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament.
He cited hip injury as the reason behind his decision.
I’ve been struggling for a long time. I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months. (I have) pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads.
“I spoke to my team and I told them I can’t keep doing this. I needed to have an end point…”-Andy Murray#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/wLEplbKXOV— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 11, 2019
The three-time Grand Slam winner said that he can play with limitations, too, but that doesn’t allow him to enjoy his training or competition.
In terms of titles, he has been most successful at Wimbledon, winning the tournament twice.
Olympic Gold 2012US Open 2012Wimbledon 2013Wimbledon 2016Olympic Gold 2016ATP World Tour Finals 2016World End Nr 1 201614 M1000 titles8 time Grand Slam finalist45 titles in total, Dubai 2017 being his last.What a career @andy_murray. Take care.— Runar Hansson (@runarhansson) January 11, 2019
So that explains why he wants to end his career there, but it might not be possible, given the seriousness of his injury.
A crucial part of the ‘Big 4’ has announced retirement, this is truly the end of an era.
If this is true, I tip my cap to @andy_murray ! Absolute legend. Short list of best tacticians in history. Unreal results in a brutal era …… Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy https://t.co/FZbwmvRC2r— andyroddick (@andyroddick) January 11, 2019