fbpx

Select Page

Advertisement

Melbourne | Sir Andy Murray confirms retirement plans

Melbourne | Sir Andy Murray confirms retirement plans

Andy Murray confirmed that 2019 will be his last year on the ATP Tour during a pre-Australian Open press conference; he even inferred that Melbourne could also be the last event of his career.

I tried everything I could to get it right; it hasn’t worked. My plan is kind of middle to end of December in my training block, I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing it. Andy Murray

Fighting back tears, he hoped to make his final public appearance during Wimbledon but that will depend on how his body holds up and by all accounts, he is still struggling to fight off the pain – pain which he even experiences when putting his socks and shoes on!

Murray is due to play the inform Roberto Bautista Agut in his first match at Aussie Open and his performance will be closely watched by all his fans who were hoping to see him make a successful return to the tour following his surgery last year.

“I’m going to play. I can still play to a level, not a level I’m happy playing at,” he declared. “The pain is too much really, it’s not something I want to continue playing that way.

“I tried everything I could to get it right; it hasn’t worked. My plan is kind of middle to end of December in my training block, I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing it.

“I need to have an end point because I’m just playing with no idea of when the pain will stop. Making that decision, I think I can get through to Wimbledon, that’s when I’d like to stop playing. I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.”

Asked whether the Australian Open would be his final tournament, he replied: “There’s a chance of that, yeah, for sure. I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.”

Following his announcement Murray has been flooded with messages of goodwill from players who hail him for his fighting spirit and competitiveness and for being in general, a very nice bloke!






About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

15 Comments

  1. Janet Neilson

    I’m glad see the back of him. He”s such a big head it turns my stomach and I wasn’t fooled by his crocodile tears either. I’m sorry, but that’s how I feel.

    Reply
  2. Agnes Spink

    So sad but happy he won Wimbledon a dream win for every tennis player ❤️

    Reply
  3. June Cliff

    Maybe he will get DLA to help him out.

    Reply
    • Edward Smith

      June Cliff he would be entitled to claim xx

      Reply
    • June Cliff

      Edward Smith And I’m sure he will.

      Reply
    • Janet Neilson

      He’ll do better than anybody else then because nobody else can get that now!

      Reply
  4. Edward Smith

    He’s not short for money.. plenty of other opportunities in life for him. He won’t need to sign on the dole.!!!!

    Reply
  5. Charlene Jackson

    I am absolutely heartbroken for him 😢😢 I cannot even speak about this without crying 😢😢😢😢
    My poor Andy . He gave us so much brilliant tennis over the years. He’ll always be my number 1 🙌
    ❤️❤️❤️

    Reply
  6. Marion Watts

    Heartbroken 💔 for you Andy but you must think of your health for your lovley wife and children. You will be greatly missed take care. Xxx

    Reply
  7. Brenda Whitlock

    Best you go when at the top rather than slide to the bottom. Loads of opportunities must be open to him in the sport such as coaching or broadcasting.

    Reply
  8. Brenda Dean

    We cannot underestimate the toll which such brave and brilliant sportsmen and women put on their bodies. One of Andy’s attributes was his amazing speed around the court. His hip is now saying “no more”. So sad. I wonder if playing doubles would be easier?

    Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

TENNIS MAGAZINE

Tennis Threads is the newest and now the only printed Tennis magazine in the UK. Packed with exclusive news and reports from some of the most respected Tennis journalists in the UK. Read about your favourite players including Andy Murray, Jo Konta, Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund. Purchase a 12-month subscription today and receive 25% off the cover price.