Andy Murray Admits to Possible Retirement 2019
News hit headlines this morning after professional tennis player, Andy Murray, made claims of retirement. The 31-year old broke down in tears after announcing at a press conference that the Australian Open (due to be held on Monday 14th January 2019) could be his last event.
Murray had a remarkable year in 2016 after winning 24 matches, which resulted in him being at the top of the tennis chain for a total of 8 months. Let’s not forget, Murray brought Britain to the Davis Cup after 79 years and won all 11 rubbers that he competed in. However, the most notably prestigious event that he so proudly brought home was winning Olympic gold at Wimbledon in 2012, and in Rio 2016 in the Olympic games.
Sir Andy Murray Announces Probable Retirement to World
It is with a heavy heart that Sir Andy Murray reveals that the pain in his hip is just too much and deems it necessary to retire early. He had surgery over a year ago and has admittedly been struggling for a long time. He explained to interviewers that; “Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time…I have been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now. I have pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better. 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…I have spoken a number of times with psychologists about it, but nothing helps because you are in lots and lots of pain. You cannot do what it is that you want to do, and you love doing. Or I can do it, but it’s not fun or enjoyable doing it any more”.
He has considered playing through the pain but of course, this isn’t possible with the health problems he is experiencing. Playing with no idea if the pain will get worse or if he risks further injury, it probably is best that he looks after his overall health and quality of life. After struggling with hip problems for a number of years, the summer of 2017 made it clear that this type of pain was not going away in a hurry.
Andy Murray can be considered an inspiration to many across the globe. His strong, positive mental attitude has seen him tackle through the pain and has still managed to win tournaments with total glory. As strong as he is, he believed he could fight through it and play at the next Wimbledon event being held this summer. After spending several weeks with a reconditioning coach in Philadelphia, he soon realised that this may not be totally possible:
“I needed to have an endpoint, 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”
It’s saddening to hear the news that we may be saying a premature farewell to arguably one of the best athletes that we have. Of course, looking after your physical and mental health is paramount. Once you face an injury, it is difficult to enjoy what you are doing. We hope to hear more about Mr. Murray in the upcoming days and look forward to watching him compete in the Australian Open on Monday.