Stuart in the world of tennis: Andy Murray announced that he will retire from the circuit


No consolation: Murray announced his retirement from tennis Source: AFP

Andy Murray

, the greatest British tennis player of the open era, has announced that he will leave the activity this season. The Scot, 31, announced in Melbourne that the

Australian Open

which will start in the next few days may be the last tournament of his career. The former world No. 1 said he would like to retire at Wimbledon, but also stressed that he does not know if he will reach the British Grand Slam because of the severe pain he suffers at the hip.

With tears, Murray revealed that he will not compete after Wimbledon. "I'm not in good shape," said the Scotsman without being able to hide his sadness. "I have endured this pain for a long time, I'm not sure I can do this for another four or five months," he said during a news conference ahead of the start of the year's first Grand Slam.

"I can play, but with limitations, but I feel these limitations and pain that does not allow me to enjoy the competition and the training … Wimbledon is the place where I would like to retire, but I'm not sure if I'll get there. chances that Australia will be my last tournament, "said Murray, unable to stop the thrill of overflowing.

Murray entered the story by winning Wimbledon in 2013 and ending a 77-year drought without a local champion in All England. He returned to impose himself on the sacred lawn of the London suburb in 2016, which was his best season, with nine titles and the top of the ranking. He won twice the Olympic gold (London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016), and also the US Open 2012, with a total of 45 titles on his record.

Problems for Murray began in late 2017, with discomfort leading to a right hip operation on January 8, 2018 after retiring from the Australian Open. He returned to play five months later, and played six tournaments for the rest of the year with few exceptional performances. For this Australian Open, he entered a protected classification, since he is currently 230th in the weekly ATP ranking.

In addition to the pain, Murray accepted that he would try to play in Melbourne, where he was a five-time finalist and never won the title. His rival in the first round of the Australian Open will be the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, 22nd.


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