Andy Murray is on the verge of quitting tennis after admitting: “I’m in pain daily”.
In an extraordinary pre-Australian Open press conference, the British sports star fears his first-round against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday could be the last of his career.
The two-time Wimbledon champion, 31, is struggling with a hip injury that required surgery 12 months ago in Australia.
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The Scot still hopes to carry on playing until Wimbledon this summer — but he worries his broken body is not allowing him to play at the highest level anymore.
Murray had to take a break from his press conference after breaking down on stage in Melbourne.
After several minutes backstage to compose himself, he said: “I’m not feeling good.
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“Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time. I have been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now.
“I have pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better. It hasn’t helped loads.
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“I’m in a better place than I was six months ago, but still in a lot of pain. Yeah, it has been tough.”
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“In the middle to the end of December in my training block, I spoke to my team, and I told them ‘I cannot keep doing this’.”