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Andy Murray announces retirement from professional tennis

Friday January 11th 2019 at 9:26 AM

Andy Murray has announced his intention to retire from tennis.

Scotland’s former world number one says he plans to end his career at Wimbledon after continued difficulty from a devastating hip injury.

The 31-year-old is scheduled to face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian Open, which starts on Monday.

It could be his last tournament.

He said: “Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time, and I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now.

“I’ve said to my team: ‘look I think I can maybe get through this until Wimbledon’.

“That’s where I would like to stop playing but I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.”

Murray won Wimbledon twice – in 2013 and 2016 – and has seven other grand slam titles, two olympic golds and a number of other accolades under his belt.

He continued: “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. I can still play to a level, just not a level that I’m happy playing at. But it’s not just that. The pain is too much really and I don’t want to continue playing that way.”

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