|Australian Open 2019|
|Venue: Melbourne Park Presents: 14-27 January|
|Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily in 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports Excess Watching highlights on BBC TV and on Line from 19 January.|
Britain’s Andy Murray fears this week’s Australian Open could be his last tournament.
The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is trying hard to recover from hip operation, was in tears as he talked to journalists in Melbourne on Thursday morning.
“I’m unsure I’m able to play through the pain for a second four or five weeks,” he said.
“I would like to reach Wimbledon and stop but I’m not certain I will do that.”
Murray was visibly emotional the afternoon after his chastening practice game against Novak Djokovic.
Watched by roughly 2000 people around the Margaret Court Arena show court in Melbourne Park, Murray had been 6 1 4 1 down if the two players called it daily.
In his news conference, Murray surrendered:”I’m not really feeling good, I have been struggling for a long time.
“I have been in a lot of pain for around 20 weeks now. I have just about done everything that I could to try and get my stylish feeling better plus it hasn’t helped heaps.
“I’m in a far better place than I had been six months ago but I’m still in a lot of pain. I can still play with a level, but maybe not really a level I have played “
Murray, who’s slipped to 230th in the world rankings, is due to handle Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round in Melbourne.
More to follow along.