So sad. I have always been a Murray fan and as rough an end as it has been, he will go down as a 2 time Wimbledon champion & three time major winner with 3 Olympic medals and a dominant run as No. 1. That he managed all this in the days of Fedalovic is a fantastic achievement.
Very sad for Andy but he must acknowledge he achieved a ton. A lot of people wrote him off as a floater in the same group as Berdych, Tsonga and Ferrer but he proved them all wrong. Definitely could have won a couple more Majors but no more hypotheticals. Great career. Hall of Fame career.
And if nothing else, he is unlikely to be surpassed in Olympics Golds. Obviously a player can win 2 in the future but 3 will be very unlikely so he'll stay in the books that way for sure. And he'll also stay in the books at Wimbledon most likely his entire life.
His hip lasted longer than I anticipated. He made it about a year further than I thought he would about 3-4 years ago. I used to cringe watching him jam his feet and legs into the ground in lateral transition.
Some speculate his punishing schedule at the 2016 season (chasing #1) is responsible for it. After he reached #1 is when the hip issues started becoming bad. He really had a brutal run of tournaments at the end of 2016.
poor murray . Also *hugs* to @Mainad and any other murray fans. it is unfortunate that he is being forced to retire due to injury and that he was never able to get back to where he once was but overall he has had a career than many can only dream of. I can hope he can look back fondly with no regrets. At the very least, i suppose it should be somewhat comforting knowing that he can just focus on working on the hip, not sure if its just going to be one of those life long issues or not, but atleast he can try to work on that hip and focus on it without that pressure of having to be ready for match play.
Tearful Andy Murray says he will retire after 2019 Wimbledon at the latest
• Murray: ‘The pain is too much. I don’t want to continue’
• 2019 Australian Open may prove to be Murray’s farewell
Andy Murray has said he is planning to end his tennis career at Wimbledon this summer, but does not know if he can continue playing through pain and suggested that the Australian Open could be his final tournament.
At a press conference in Melbourne, a tearful Murray had to leave the room after revealing his hip pain was still “not great”, 12 months on from surgery. After returning, he insisted he would still try to play at the 2019 Australian Open but added “the pain is too much really. I don’t want to continue playing that way.”
“Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that,” Murray added. “I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months.” Murray added that he is considering the option to have further surgery, in a move to ease his hip pain post-retirement. The former world No 1 added that even “putting shoes and socks on” is causing him pain at present.
Murray’s announcement came after a dispiriting practice session against Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park, where the Serbian won 10 of 12 games played. Murray is drawn in the first round against the No22 seed, Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.
Since his quarter-final defeat to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in 2017 – when the extent of his hip problems first became apparent – Murray has played just two grand slam matches, with his only win coming in the first round of the 2018 US Open against James Duckworth, and has dropped to a world ranking of No 230.
This is rough. After having the best season of his career and getting to #1 to then suffer through this. Being forced to retire like this and then another surgery? Nonetheless, Andy's had an amazing career, and he is one of the most honest and fairest players IMO. He already has so much to be proud of, and there's more to look forward to in life. Wish him all the best!
Aww damn... I really hoped Murray could recover from this and come back to the tour for a few more years. This is really sad news and kind of devastating for him. On the bright side, he can look back over a great career and all he was able to accomplish. The tour won't be the same without him and I definitely will miss him.
Tennis is just on another level physically. The only sports that's more demanding is arguably Rugby. From the stand-point that your body needs to be in top shape. Obviously if you're Karlovic you can live off tiebreaks but thatès not Andy's game.