The former No.1, Andy Murray will retire from professional tennis.
This news exploded throughout the sports world today, leaving everybody shocked. It was something that nobody expected, despite all the problems the Scot encountered with over the past two years.
The player himself stated this in a very emotional speech during the press conference earlier today in Melbourne.
The start to Andy Murray's press conference was very emotional 😢 pic.twitter.com/hObwoj71uo
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According to Murray, the main reason for his stunning decision was a hip injury he dragged over the past 18 months, along with many other health issues he had to battle.
The pain and troubles became unbearable, and that affected his performances which were way beneath the usual level the 31-year old provided in his career.
Though he did undergo surgery some year ago, the symptoms haven’t disappeared and some of the problems even increased, which forced the three-time Grand Slam champion to say goodbye to tennis.
The problems with his hip are so big that they will probably demand another surgery after his retirement, just to, as he said, “ensure a better quality of life” after he stops playing professional tennis.
Murray plans to withdraw after Wimbledon, at the home soil, the place where he achieved his biggest successes in this career. He won this tournament twice, in 2013 and 2106, along with the Olympics held here in 2012.
But that intention is pretty much insecure, as he might quit playing earlier, because of the complications his hip might cause. Murray himself stated that he is uncertain that he will able to endure long enough until Wimbledon begins.
Andy Murray may have won two Wimbledon titles, the US Open, two Olympic golds and countless other individual honours.
But remember when Britain's greatest ever tennis player did this for the team…pic.twitter.com/O3EyWgdbpb
— Sporting Life (@SportingLife) January 11, 2019
All the emotions burst out of the player, after a question which regarded the status of his hip, and he left the press conference in tears for a while, trying to calm down. The answer was “not great,” and Murray revealed to the public that he might even retire after Australian Open because of it.
Andy Murray is one of the best tennis players in the history of Great Britain. He became the first Brit to win the Wimbledon in singles competition since Fred Perry in 1936, and the first one with any of the Grand Slams since 1977. Murray was the main player in Britain’s quest towards the Davis Cup title in 2015, the first one after 1936. He won three Grand Slams, two Olympics, one Davis Cup, one Hopman Cup, one Masters Finals, and 14 Masters 1000.