The British tennis legend, the world's number one, Andy Murray, said on Friday that he intended to end his career by saying that the Australian Open (14-27 January) could be his last tournament.
"It is possible that the Australian Open is my last fatalist, the Scot Andy Murray has announced, between tears, his probable career end for 2019.
Victim of incessant pain in the hip, at the age of 31, the former number one in the world came to the fore. "I can play with limitations, but having limits and pain does not allow me to enjoy pleasure in competition or training," he told a news conference in Melbourne.
"I did everything I could to try and improve the hip and it did not help much," said Andy Murray referring to his hip surgery at the start of 2018, taking him away from the courts. until June. He then participated in just four more tournaments before finishing the season in September and focusing on his fitness.
"Wimbledon is where I want to stop playing, but I'm not sure I can do it," said Sir Andy, who in 2013 became the first British winner of the English tournament in 77 years.
"Pain is really too strong"
The next week will face Roberto Bautista at Melbourne Park. But without too many illusions: "I'm going to play, I can always play at a certain level, not at a level I'm happy to play in. Pain is too much, playing like that is not something I want to continue."
And if he does not reject the idea of another operation with his recalcitrant mind, he thinks more about his "retired" quality of life than the racket in his hand, "it's something that I am 39; now considers very seriously.
Eliminated in the second round of the tournament in Brisbane last week, the current 230th world has left in a training match with Novak Djokovic on Thursday after less than one hour of play.
Winner of three Grand Slam tournaments, 45 ATP tournaments and two Olympic gold medals, Andy Murray has undergone the hegemony of two legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and the emergence of Novak Djokovic.
Davis Cup 2015
Andy Murray, turned pro in 2005, is at home and for a long time, an idol that counts among his fans some famous Scots, like Sean Connery and Alex Ferguson, often present at his matches. Elsewhere, on the contrary, the current has had difficulty passing.
He had his share of critics in Britain positioning himself, by virtue of his Scottish identity and in a more or less capacity-free way, against England. But he was also able to reconcile with the English by winning a single or nearly win in the Davis Cup in November 2015, the first in Britain since 1936.
Shy face to the press, his face still closed, the young player, angry in the field, has often distilled a polite speech. He was a little enlightened by age and success, with a humor tinged with irony. Until the tears of Melbourne that announced an almost end of career, thirty had just begun.