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Andy Murray breaks down in tears as he announce retirement plan at Wimbledon after failing to overcome hip injury

It would bring down the curtain on one of the great British sporting careers, one that has seen him win three Grand Slams, two Olympic golds and the Davis Cup.

The announcement was met with shock and sadness from the tennis world, with former icons such as Billie Jean King and Andy Roddick calling the Brit a ‘great champion’ and ‘absolute legend’.

Murray, a father-of-two, began his press conference by stating ‘I’m not great’ in a broken tone when asked how he was feeling after an 18-month battle to return to the sport.

He then became emotional and left the room for several minutes to compose himself, and on returning laid bare in heartbreaking detail how the pain in his hip meant he had stopped enjoying the sport he loved.

In an emotional press conference, the two-time Wimbledon champion, 31, revealed that the pain was so great that the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, could be the last tournament he ever plays in.  

He said that he hopes to go on until Wimbledon this summer but feels that even that may be a bridge too far, with the pain becoming so unbearable that he was struggling to even put on socks or shoes.  

The Scot, who was thrashed in a practice match by Novak Djokovic yesterday, still plans to take his place in the Melbourne draw, but he could not rule out walking away from the sport if he loses in the first round.

It would bring down the curtain on one of the great British sporting careers, one that has seen him win three Grand Slams, two Olympic golds and the Davis Cup.

The announcement was met with shock and sadness from the tennis world, with former icons such as Billie Jean King and Andy Roddick calling the Brit a ‘great champion’ and ‘absolute legend’.

A British great: Key Andy Murray facts  

Born: May 15, 1987

Height: 6ft 3′

Wife: Kim Sears

Children: Sophia (2), Edie (15 months)

Turned professional: 2005

Grand Slam titles: 3 (Wimbledon 2013, 2016; US Open 2012)

Career wins: 663

Career titles: 45

Highest ranking: World No 1

Current ranking: World No 230

It seems that his dream of his daughters being able to watch him seriously compete is now, sadly, at an end.

‘Obviously I have been struggling a long time and I have been in pain for about twenty months now,’ he said.

‘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.

‘I’m going to play here. I can still play to a certain level, not a level I’m happy playing at.

It’s not just that. The pain is too much really, I don’t want to continue playing that way.

‘I’ve tried pretty much everything I could do but it hasn’t worked. In the middle of December I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing this.

‘I thought I need to have an end point, because I was playing with no idea of when the pain was going to stop.

‘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.’

Asked whether this could turn out to be his last event he replied: ‘There’s a chance of that for sure.’

Murray, whose coach Jamie Delgado later tweeted, ‘That wasn’t the easiest day I’ve ever had’, would love to be able to take his final bow on the Centre Court but things have got so bad that he may not get to depart at the time and place of his choosing.

‘I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months. I have considered another operation that is a little more severe (than the one he had this time last year).

‘I could have my hip resurfaced which would allow me a better quality of life. I’m seriously considering that right now but there’s no guanratees with it.’

‘It would be nice to do things without any pain, putting shoes and socks on, that would be the main reason for me doing it.’

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