Murray announces plan to retire this year

By for on
An emotional Andy Murray has announced that he plans to retire at this year's Wimbledon, although he admitted that the Australian Open could be the last tournament of his career.

Murray has struggled to recover from a chronic hip injury and from surgery on his right hip last January. Unfortunately, despite going through intensive rehabilitation, he continues to be in pain.

He was forced to end his season early last year and has played only 14 matches since last June.

In a press conference in Melbourne where Murray was often tearful, the former world number one explained that the pain is too severe for him to carry on.

“In my training block in December I spoke to my team and told them: ‘I cannot keep doing this’. I needed to have an end point, because I was playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop. I felt like making that decision.

I said to my team: ‘Look, I think I can get through this until Wimbledon.’ That’s where I would like to stop playing, but I am not certain I am able to do that.”

He is considering having a further operation – which involves resurfacing his hip – to give him a better quality of life. But there are no guarantees whether he'd be able to recover sufficiently well to play professional tennis.

“If I was to have an operation for that, I would rehab correctly, do it properly to give my hip the best chance of being good as it can be. I am also realistic. I know that’s not an easy thing to come back to or play professional sport to a high level.”

Tributes have been pouring in from his fellow players and fans. Juan Martin del Potro, himself no stranger to injury problems, tweeted:

Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting. I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.

Murray still intends to play his first-round match at the Australian Open, against Spain's Roberto Bautista-Agut. It could be the last match of his career. He is sure to get a very warm reception at a tournament where he has always done so well.

As Murray's brilliant career draws to a close, one thing is for certain – he has changed British tennis and earned his place in world tennis history. Through talent, hard work and determination, he fought his way to the top of the sport. Tennis will miss him a lot.
Thinking back to his run to year end no.1 in 2016

Little did we know that it was his one and only shot at it - so many matches he squeaked through when it could have gone the other way e.g. MP down against Raonic in WTF semi. Fantastic career achievement to add to the others
January 11, 2019, 01:40 pm
By althusser

Let us hope that we see him more within the sporting scene helping others, as he has done already, or even presenting with that very dry wit.  I wonder if he will think of some coaching/leadership role as he will always be inspirational to others.  

I went out running today to continue my fight against a deteriorating body just because I heard his pain when talking of having to stop doing what he loves doing most. Like him I will now aim to go as long as possible because he never has given in. This is the first interview where he has admitted to so much pain and consequently his battle was even more impressive.  

I think that he will make Wimbledon for his final farewell just because that is what he is wants to do. He has determination enough. I hope so. I am sure that he will be cheered on and off court even if he makes it with a great deal of difficulty. A more fitting farewell than a game in AO.
January 11, 2019, 04:32 pm
By marathonarthur

Read these in tears.
No tennis player has ever  captured my heart like Andy. And none will.
January 11, 2019, 04:55 pm
By blueberryhill

Same for me bbh -no sportsperson, no public person.  This is the first time I've really cared about a public person in this way.  His tennis has thrilled and enchanted (while giving us all a few grey hairs too I suspect!) and his character has endeared us.  A down to earth, genuinely modest, global super star.  And the icing on the cake for some of us is his 'casual feminism'.  It's been so good to follow him with others on MW.
MA I'm sure we will see him helping others as he clearly loves mentoring younger sports people.  But I guess he might want to take a break first (not least if he's going to have the further operation he mentioned).  If he can't make it to Wimbledon, surely they will lay on some kind of goodbye ceremony on centre court, perhaps on the middle Saturday when they have lots of sporting stars in the royal box.  It's the absolute least Wimbledon could and should do.
January 11, 2019, 07:04 pm
By Ruthie

am so sad at this news heart-breaking for andy  and the world of tennis
andy you are a champion in all ways I would love to see you back to where you were but you know your own limits I will miss sitting in front of the tv screaming and shouting at you
I wish you all the best for your future but more importantly I hope you can somehow recover from the pain in you are in .xxx 
January 11, 2019, 08:32 pm
By audie

A particularly lovely fact:
January 11, 2019, 09:12 pm
By circe

Didn't know that! Fantastic.
January 11, 2019, 09:16 pm
By althusser

Read these in tears.
No tennis player has ever  captured my heart like Andy. And none will.

I liked reading it - thank you Smile ........ but 
January 12, 2019, 12:29 am
By moonglow

When he was flat on his back covered by his team mates after the Davis Cup lob and then realised he had not shaken his opponents hand and rushed to do so frantically  apologising. One of the best of many wonderful Andy moments and sums up the man. His kids should be very proud of him. Xx
January 12, 2019, 01:01 am
By neverhurryamurray

I never realised that either.  Brilliant!

Excellent article Katie.
January 12, 2019, 06:46 am
By Aileen

Some great moments.
 Andy has said the two best things were 2nd Wimbledon and leading Team GB at the Olympics.
Thanks Circe, fab stats.
January 12, 2019, 07:00 am
By blueberryhill

Andy has rather blocked the others from that achievement by winning twice at the Olympics? I know that all the others of the 'top four' have won a Davis Cup but will any of them have the endurance for that missing singles Gold Medal.  Next shot  is next year so Novak perhaps best possibility for that. Have any of them any other type of tournament not won?

January 12, 2019, 08:30 am
By marathonarthur

Nadal has an Olympics Gold.. he's just missing a WTF.
January 12, 2019, 08:44 am
By laundry

Don't know about you all, but I don't know what to do now, reading all the comments, and overviews does make me as well sad as pleased. I feel he plays just one other match now and that will be his last.
It's nice to read your post on MW, we all shared the joy of being a fan and I so much enjoyed sharing this on MW.
I cried when  I saw the Wimbledon comment; "What happens next, you've done more than you know".
For me, he was an inspiration not only in his sport but in the way he lived. I was blessed to watch a a few of his matches live.
Can't imangine how hard it must be for Andy to finish in the way he has to now. Just wish him all the best and  as painfree as possible...
January 12, 2019, 10:01 am
By flowerpower

Some great moments.
 Andy has said the two best things were 2nd Wimbledon and leading Team GB at the Olympics.

Thanks BBH  cmon yeah yay
January 12, 2019, 04:10 pm
By moonglow

^ Lovely post FP and I agree with every word! Yes....I'm sure it will be hard on Andy for a while, but with all his family and friends to support him, he'll be able to build a new life for himself and I wouldn't be at all surprised it's around tennis. He'd make a great coach and mentor for the for the stars of the future! He's always been great with the youngsters anyway! Very Happy I'll miss watching him play so much. I'm sure we all will, but with all he's given one could ask for more!  

PS....There's still videos of his most important matches! I've already watched him win his first Olympic Gold this morning and was so very proud of him all over again! wub

PSS.......I very much doubt anyone will ever be able to break his Olympic Gold Medal record now!  Wink
January 12, 2019, 04:21 pm
By Caz


Sorry to hear that your hip injury will probably cut short your tennis playing career, but thank you for the pleasure you’ve given us over the past 15 years, you’ve truly inspired a nation.
You have done more than any British sportsman has ever done, winning twice at Wimbledon and the Olympics, also your team efforts with the Davis Cup.
That’s without mentioning all the other tournaments you’ve won and competed in over the years.
You might not have won every competition you’ve entered, but you’ve always given 100% and then some more, to every point you were fighting for.
That is why it’s been such a joy to share your victories and agonising to watch the defeats.
But you’ve enjoyed the wins and accepted the defeats with great dignity honesty and emotion, showing us all why they have meant so much to you.
You have made the whole of Britain proud to be British,
the whole of Scotland even prouder that you are Scottish
and the people of Dunblane, very proud to be one of their Sons.

Please don’t beat yourself up about what you could have done and competitions you could have won, you have done more than any of us and still have much more to give to the game of tennis and sports in general.
There is a whole country of young people out there that can learn from you.
You can start on the next chapter of your life and with your inspiration, who knows who you can help nurture on their way to a successful future?
Because with your support and list of achievements, you could inspire the career of many young people, just like your mum has.

Good luck to you and your family in the future and thanks again for the good times and for being yourself and always doing your best.

January 12, 2019, 07:53 pm
By Johnnyk

^ Well said Johnnyk!  clap clap
January 12, 2019, 10:40 pm
By Caz

 + 1 Smile
January 13, 2019, 05:43 am
By moonglow

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