Andy Murray in tears: the 2019 Australian Open could be his last tournament
Andy Murray broke down in tears after admitting that this year's Australian Open could be his final event as a professional tennis player.
"There is a chance of that for sure because like I said I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months.", said the two-time Olympic champion in Melbourne.
He has been struggling with a hip injury for a long time and had a surgery last January, before returning to the courts in June.
"I've been in a lot of pain for what has been probably 20 months now, I've pretty much done everything that I could to try to get my hip feeling better, hasn't helped loads."
The Briton is seriously considering another surgery and not only for his sports career: "The reason for having an operation like that is not to return to professional sports, you know, it's just for a better quality of life. The pain is kind of the driving factor. I can play with limitations, that is not an issue."
Though his intention is to end his career after Wimbledon, where he won in 2013 and 2016, the Briton is not sure if that would be possible: "I spoke to my team and I told them that I can't keep doing this, I needed to have an endpoint because I was playing with just no idea of when the pain was going to stop."
The former world no.1 was so overcome by emotion that he even had to leave the press room for a few minutes.
His opening match at the 2019 Australian Open is against world no. 22 Roberto Bautista of Spain on Monday and it will prove how are their feelings.
The whole tennis world has showed their support to the three-time Grand Slam champion.