ANDY Murray has said he will retire after this year’s Wimbledon, but fears an injury in the Australian Open next week could end his career.
The 31-year-old Scot, who has been struggling after hip surgery, was in tears when he told journalists: “I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.”
The two-time Wimbledon champion is set to play Spaniard Roberto Bautista in the tournament next week.
Murray has never won the Grand Slam, which takes place at Melbourne Park, despite reaching the final five times, the last time being in 2016.
Meanwhile Spain’s Rafael Nadal lead tributes to Murray’s brilliant career as he said: “You don’t know how much we are going to miss you, you are an example of a great athlete and person.”
Murray’s pro tennis journey began in 2000 when he left home – still a teenager – to train at Barcelona’s world-famous Casal-Sanchez Academy.