The three-time grand slam champion broke down at a press conference in Melbourne last night as he admitted that he had been unable to overcome a debilitating hip injury.
The 31-year-old Murray said he trained in the off-season with the main goal of making one last run at Wimbledon, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men, but now wasn't sure he'd make it.
"I'm in a better place than I was 12 months ago but I'm still in a lot of pain." .
In an emotional news conference at Melbourne Park on Friday, when he had to leave the room shortly after his first attempt to get it started, and needed to pause several times to compose himself after returning, Murray said he wasn't sure how much longer he could play.
"I'm going to play [at the Australian Open], I can still play to a level, not a level that I'm happy playing at". "The pain is too much really, I don't want to continue playing that way".
"I'm going to play (in Australia)".
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"I said to them maybe I could get through this until Wimbledon, that is where I would like to stop playing but I am also not certain I am able to do that". He's a three-time Grand Slam victor (twice at Wimbledon, once at the US Open), a two-time Olympic champion, a Davis Cup champion, victor of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and a former world No. 1.
"I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I'm not certain I can do that".
He hasn't reached a Grand Slam final since winning his second Wimbledon title in 2016, but has nevertheless enjoyed a glittering career since turning professional in 2005, with not only three Grand Slam titles, but two Olympic gold medals and 45 ATP crowns. "I've tried pretty much everything to get it right and that hasn't worked".
"I have an option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I've had before in having my hip resurfaced, which will allow me to have a better quality of life and be out of pain".
Murray said he was mulling another round of major hip surgery but added that it was more aimed at improving his "quality of life" and it might not mean an eventual return to the tour. That's something I'm seriously considering.
Murray intends playing in the season-opening major at Melbourne Park but says there is a chance it will be his final tournament. "Obviously you see me running around a tennis court, walking in between points, and obviously I know it doesn't' look good. look comfortable".