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Tributes Pour in as Andy Murray Announces Retirement Plans

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Britain’s Andy Murray says he plans to retire after this year’s Wimbledon but fears next week’s Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career.

The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is struggling to recover from hip surgery, was in tears as he spoke to journalists in Melbourne on Friday.

“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months,” said the Scot.

“I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I’m not certain I can do that.”

However, 31-year-old Murray says he still intends to play his Australian Open first-round match against Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week.

Following the announcement, fellow professionals have shown solidarity with the former Wimbledon winner.

A tweet from Argentine tennis player, Juan Martin del Potro said in part:
“Keep fighting. I can imagine your pain and sadness.”

Another came in from former world number 1, Andy Roddick who, rather than feel saddened, extolled Murray’s past achievements and his technic on the court.

The former world number one had surgery on his right hip last January and has played 14 matches since returning to the sport last June.

Murray ended his 2018 season in September to spend time working with a rehabilitation expert, but still looked short of the required level when he played world number one Novak Djokovic in an open practice match at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

In his news conference, Murray conceded: “I’m not feeling good, I’ve been struggling for a long time.

“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done everything I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads.

“I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but I’m still in a lot of pain. I can still play to a level, but not a level I have played at.”

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