An emotional Andy Murray has confirmed he will compete at Australian Open 2019, but the five-time Melbourne Park finalist has conceded his ongoing pain is too much, and hopes to call time on an astonishing career on home turf at Wimbledon this year.
The 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon champion, who is drawn to face 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round at AO 2019, fought back tears in his pre-tournament press conference on Friday following 20 months of gruelling rehabilitation on a troublesome right hip.
The 31-year-old underwent surgery on his hip back in January 2018, and has since struggled to recapture the staggering on-court form that saw him accumulate three Grand Slam singles crowns amongst his 45 career titles and two Olympic gold medals.
“Yeah, not great,” responded a tearful Murray regarding his physical welfare.
“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve tried everything I could to get my hip feeling better. It hasn’t helped loads, I’m in a better place than I was six months ago, but I’m still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.”