Andy Murray will retire this year because of severe pain in his right hip. With next year's Australian Open potentially his last tournament as a professional. The former world number one broke the news on Friday at an emotional press conference in Melbourne.>> I spoke to my team and I told them that I can't keep doing this and I needed to have like an endpoint.
Because obvious just playing with no idea when the pain was gonna stop.>> Murray had surgery on the joint a year ago and has failed to recover his best form. He visibly struggled in a practice match defeat to top seed, Novak Djokovic, at Melbourne Park on Thursday. Murray told reporters that the pain has made him reconsider his retirement plans.
>> I said to my team, look, I think I can kind of get through this until until Wimbledon, that is where I would like to-
That's where I would like to stop playing, but I'm also not certain I'm able to do that.>> The three-time Grand Slam champion said he was mulling another round of major hip surgery. Aimed at improving his quality of life, rather than helping him return to the tour. Murray said even basic things were difficult, like putting on his shoes and he was tired of talking about his hip in every conversation.
But he's not planning on backing out on the Australian Open. He's been drawn to play 22nd seeded Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the first round on Monday.