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BREAKING: Tearful Andy Murray says ‘pain’ causing plan for immediate retirement post-Wimbledon at age 31

Andy Murray

Andy Murray has sent shockwaves not only across the tennis world but also in the sporting universe after announcing on Thursday that the upcoming 2019 Australian Open is likely the last competitive tournament of his decorated career.

Via Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian:

Andy Murray announced this Australian Open “almost certainly” will be his last tournament, bringing to a painful end a career in which he won three grand slam titles and was honoured with a knighthood.

Murray also adds:

“Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I’m not certain I’ll be able to do that. I’m not certain I can play through the pain for an other four five months.”

Murray, who will turn 32 in May, has been slowed down by a hip injury that forced him to make a trip to the operating table a year ago. In fact, Murray played in only a dozen of matches in 2018 in which, for the first time in his career, he was not able to take home a single title in a year.

Murray’s serious health troubles stretch all the way back in 2017, when he dealt with hip and elbow issues, while also taking home just one singles title – a win at the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. A year prior to that, Murray was in fantastic form, bagging nine singles championships, including a win at Wimbledon — his last Grand Slam victory to date – by defeating Milos Raonic in the finals to the tune of a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) score.

Assuming that Murray won’t top this year’s Australian Open, he will walk away from the game with three Grand Slam titles. Apart from becoming the first British man to win a Wimbledon’s singles title since 1936 with a victory at the All England Club in 2013, Murray also pocketed another Wimbledon chip in 2016 and a US Open title in 2012.