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Andy Murray to retire after Wimbledon
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Tennis https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/46833018 Tennis

Britain's Andy Murray says he plans to retire after this year's Wimbledon but fears next week's Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career.

The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is struggling to recover from hip surgery, was in tears at a news conference in Melbourne on Friday.

"I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months," said the 31-year-old Scot.

"I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I'm not certain I can do that."

However, Murray says he still intends to play his Australian Open first-round match against Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week.



Honestly, in spite of his injury worries, I'm surprised by this. I know things look bleak now, but DelPo and others have come back from major injuries which look just as bad, so this seems premature (but, maybe he knows something we don't?)

Anyway, he can be very proud of his career: winning three Grand Slams is no easy feat in the era of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. Good luck to him whatever he does next!
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I actually almost predicted this in the 2019 predictions thread, so I'm less surprised. Nonetheless, he can be proud of his career.
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Just heard about this... it's a sad deal, and he's only a young man as well :(
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(01-11-2019, 02:03 PM)BrynStevens Wrote: Just heard about this... it's a sad deal, and he's only a young man as well :(

Yeah, he's only 31 :( . Not so long ago, that would have been a fairly normal age to retire at, but these days it's quite early (it's not unusual for players to keep going until 35 these days, and Roger Federer's still winning tournaments at 37, though I guess he's the exception!)

Still, whatever he does, I guess he'll have to update his Twitter bio. "I play tennis" won't really do any more :( .
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Well, he's had his hip resurfacing surgery, and that appears to have gone well: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/46916064

According to Professor Max Felihy, who runs the clinic where the surgery took place, 90-95% of his patients "are delighted and live a pain-free life" - although, he did add that none of them try to play professional tennis. So, while a comeback still doesn't appear to be on the cards, it is at least good that he won't be living the rest of his life in pain :) .
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Good news from Murray - he says he's pain-free :D . However, there's a less than 50% chance that he'll play in singles at Wimbledon this year:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/47466258

Personally, I'd like to see him having one last crack at Wimbledon; however, I do hope he doesn't attempt a full comeback. I don't know whether it's even possible with his hip replacement - and, even if it is, it's pretty clear that his best days are behind him now. I'd rather see him taking on a new challenge than see him unseeded and struggling at all the Slams, and getting knocked out by players he used to defeat routinely.
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