Andy Murray has said he is aiming to finish his career after Wimbledon – but that there is a chance the forthcoming Australian Open may be his swansong.
The former world number one struggled through a practice match against Novak Djokovic on Thursday ahead of the tournament starting in Melbourne next week.
Speaking at a press conference, the 31-year-old said: “I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.”
Murray was on the verge of tears as he entered the press conference room and, asked how his hip was feeling, managed to say “not great” before being overcome by his emotions and having to leave the room.
He returned after several minutes to deliver his devastating news, saying: “Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time.
“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads.
“I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.”
Murray, from Dunblane, will contest his first-round match against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday but that may prove to be the final match of his illustrious career.
The 31-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion said: “I’m going to play. I can still play to a level. Not a level that I’m happy playing at. But it’s not just that.