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Andy Murray says Australian Open could be final tournament of his career

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British Tennis superstar, 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 former world number one had surgery on his right hip last January and has played 14 matches since returning to the sport last June.

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

“I’m not feeling good, I’ve been struggling for a long time,” he said having returned to the conference after stepping out to compose himself.

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“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done everything 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 I’m still in a lot of pain. I can still play to a level, but not a level I have played at.”

The 31-year old added: “I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.

“I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I’m not certain I can do that.”

Murray however intends to play his Australian Open first-round match against Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week.

 

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