The British tennis Andy Murray has tearfully announced today that he hopes to retire at this years Wimbledon tournament but fears that next week's Australian Open might be his final competition.
The 31-year-old Scot has been suffering from a "severely damaged right hip" which has resulted in him making this decision, with the original plan to bow out at Wimbledon in the summer.
Speaking to the press on Friday morning, the three-time Grand Slam winner and double Olympic gold medallist said:
In my training block in December I spoke to my team and told them: ‘I cannot keep doing this’. I needed to have an end point because I was playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop. I felt like making that decision.
I said to my team: ‘Look, I think I can get through this until Wimbledon.’ That’s where I would like to stop playing, but I am not certain I am able to do that.
Reaction to this news soon began to filter onto Twitter where his fellow tennis pros paid tribute to him and wished him all the best for the future.
My thoughts are with @andy_murray and I really hope we continue to see you fighting on court so you can retire on y… https://t.co/I8VS81lfwT