Andy Murray in tears: the 2019 Australian Open could be his last tournament

The two-time Olympic champion revealed that his plans were to end his career in Wimbledon, but it may not be possible.

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."

Andy Murray during his emotional press conference
Andy Murray during his emotional press conferenceAndy Murray during his emotional press conference

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.

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Andy, I know you take me for a joker most of the time, but at least hear me out on this one old friend. You will always be someone that impacted the sport in so many different ways, I know this was never the way you wanted to go out, but hey it was a heck of a ride. You took me under your wing as soon as I got on tour, and to this day you have been someone I literally just look forward to seeing. You are one crazy tennis player, miles better than me, but I just want you to know that today isn’t only a sad day for you and your team, it’s a sad day for the sport and for everyone you’ve had an impact on. Which leaves me big fella.. these are a couple photos, that should make you smile and think, I was actually a little bit of a younger brother to you. Anyways, I just want you to know, and I’m sure you already do, everyone wants you to keep fighting and to keep being you. Goodluck at the Australian Open muzz, I’ll be behind you. #onelastdance 🙌🏽🙏🏽

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