|Australian Open 2019|
|Venue: Melbourne Park Presents: 14-27 January|
|Coverage: Daily live commentaries about the BBC Sport website, Hear Tennis daily in 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC Television and online from 19 January.|
Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray has shown that he had been planning to retire after this year’s Wimbledon.
But the 31-year-old fears next week’s Australian Open could be his final championship.
Murray broke down in tears in a news conference at Melbourne on Friday as he discussed his long struggle to return to fitness following hip operation.
How have you been feeling and just what is the fashionable?
Andy Murray:”Yes, maybe not great…” (Long pause since Murray starts crying before getting up and leaving the stage)
The moderator:”Everybody remain in your chairs. We’ll continue in a minute “
(Murray returns following a three-minute fracture to compose himself)
Murray: “Sorry. Yeah, not feeling good. Clearly been fighting for a long time. I have been at plenty of pain for, well, this has been probably about 20 months now. I pretty much have done everything that I can, you know, to attempt to receive my fashionable feeling better. You understand, it’s not helped loads.
“I’m at a much better place than I had been six months ago, but in plenty of pain. And, yeah, this has been demanding.”
Will you play with in the championship?
Murray:”Yeah, I’m likely to playwith. I can playwith, but perhaps never to a level I’m happy playing at. But also, you know, it isn’t merely that. The pain is too much really. Yeah, it isn’t some thing, you understand, I really don’t want to keep on playing that way. I presume, like I said, I tried virtually all that I could get it right. That hasn’t worked.
“So, you know, my plan, kind of at the center to end of December within my training block, I talked with my team and I told them that I can’t continue doing this, which I needed to have, like, an end point because type of having fun with no idea when this, the pain, was going to avoid…
“I felt like making this decision, you understand, I said to my own team: appearance, I think I can access through that till Wimbledon. That’s where I would love to that that’s where I’d love to stop, stop playingwith.
“But I’m not sure I’m able to do this” (evaporating to become emotional again)
Does that mean this might be your very last championship?
Murray:”Yeah, I presume there is a chance of the. Yeah, for sure. Yeah, there is a chance of the for sure. Yeah, like I said, I’m not sure I’m able to play the pain for another four or five months. I’ve got an option to have another surgery, which is really only just a little extra kind of acute compared to what I have needed earlier – using my trendy re – that’ll let me have a greater quality of life and become outside of pain.
“That’s something that I’m seriously considering at this time. Some athletes experienced that and have return into rival. But there is clearly no guarantees together with that. The main reason for having an operation such as that’s not to come back to professional sports, so you understand, it’s just for a high quality of life”
Is the fact that the driving force behind it: you would like to make sure you have a fantastic quality of life as soon as you quit playingwith, for your family, for yourself?
You understand, there is a lot of little issues which obviously you guys see me playing around a tennis court, walking in between things, and obviously I understand it doesn’t look good, it doesn’t look comfortable.
“But, you understand, there is little things, you understand, day-to-day, that are also difficult. Yeah, it’d be wonderful to be able to accomplish them without any pain. Putting shoes , socks on, things such as that.
“So, yeah, I mean, that’s the principal reason behind doing this. It’s something that if I had been to have an operation like that, I mean, I would rehabilitation properly and do it precisely to present my hip the best possibility to be as good as they might be.
“But I’m also realistic in knowing that that’s not a simple matter to keep coming straight back to or play expert game to a high level.
“I mean, it has been done. Bob Bryan needed this performance post-Wimbledon this past year, also can be obviously back playingwith. I have had a lot of communication with him . But obviously there exists a gap between singles and doubles in terms of the physicality and the movement as well as stuff. Undoubtedly no guarantees there.
Being back in Melbourne, I wonder if you had a chance to find the surgeon who did the surgery this past year? Can you tell us what his verdict was?
Murray:”I watched him actually, yeah. Yeah, I mean, I have a badly damaged right trendy. Having the performance this past year was supposed to provide it the greatest possible probability to be improved. I mean, I’d been having fun with hip pain for a number of years. It was not like it just started at the French Open following having a game together with Stan [Wawrinka]. It only got to a level where I did not cure this game, pushed it over the edge.
“With the surgery has been going to, like I say, make it as good as possible. It did not help with the pain in any way. That’s kind of been the thing that I’ve been fighting with.
“clearly, enjoy, the walking and certain things on the court I can’t really do precisely. But the pain is just kind of this driving element. I can play with limitations; that’s no problem. It’s having the limitations as well as the pain is not letting me savor training or competing or any one of those stuff that I love about tennis”
You mentioned Bob Bryan. Is there any possibility you could consider being a doubles player?
In a psychological perspective, what have you really been doing as a way to deal with everything which you said?
Murray:”Well, I mean, I have spoken alot, I mean, far too much concerning my fashionable, for 18 months. I mean, it is a regular item. It is not only people I utilize this ask me. It’s everyone else. Everyone I bump into, that’s all I talk about.
I mean, I have spoken perhaps not loads however a number of times to psychologists and stuff relating to it. But nothing helps as you’re in a large amount, plenty of pain. You can’t do what it is that you would like to do, you like doing.
“I could get it done, however it’s just not fun, maybe not fun doing it any more. Yeah, I mean, that’s kind of exactly what I have done. I have only tried to deal with it, talked about this, but none of what makes my fashionable feel better, unfortunately. I wish it did. In case it did, would be feeling brilliant only now, however it willn’t, so…”