Andy Murray Tearfully Announces His Retirement From Tennis
Britain's greatest ever tennis player, Andy Murray, has announced he's retiring from the sport after Wimbledon.
During an emotional press conference he told reporters that he still hasn't overcome a hip injury that has plagued him since 2017.
The 31-year-old said he still plans to take on the Australian Open but could walk away from tennis this month if his condition doesn't improve.
At the press conference ahead of the Grand Slam, he started crying after telling everyone he wasn't feeling great. He had to leave the room for several minutes so that he could calm down.
He said: "Obviously I have been struggling a long time and I have been in pain for about twenty months now.
"I've pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads. I'm in a better place than I was six months ago but still in a lot of pain. It's been tough.
"I'm going to play here. I can still play to a certain level, not a level I'm happy playing at. It's not just that. The pain is too much really, I don't want to continue playing that way.
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"I've tried pretty much everything I could do but it hasn't worked. In the middle of December I spoke to my team and told them I can't keep doing this. I thought I needed to have an end point, because I was playing with no idea of when the pain was going to stop.
"I said to them maybe I could get through this until Wimbledon, that is where I would like to stop playing but I am also not certain I am able to do that."
He said he's in so much pain that he's not enjoying the sport he loves - which is understandable why he'd want to retire. But not only is he afflicted with physical pain, but also the mental drain that comes with it.
The Scot added: "Everyone I bump into that's all they want to talk about [his health], it's pretty draining. I have spoken to psychologists about it. It's not fun or enjoyable."
He'll walk away from tennis with two Wimbledon wins, a US Open title and two Olympic gold medals - not too shabby Andy.
It's heartbreaking to see a bloke who has dominated the sport have to bow out due to injury, especially considering how passionate he is about tennis.
He said that he could opt for a more invasive surgery to help with the pain but he added that he doesn't know whether that will allow him to play at Wimbledon.
We'll just have to see how he does at the Australian Open and he'll take it from there.
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