Former number 1 in the world, tennis player Andy Murray, fears that the Australian Open is the last tournament of his career.
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The 31-year-old Scot, who last year had surgery on his right hip, said he is still not pain free can play. He fears that the injury chronic.
“I have serious pain when I play tennis,” said the visibly emotional two-time olympic champion against reporters at Melbourne Park. “By the pain I’d also lose the fun during training and competitions. I now just about everything done to my hip to recover, but it has not helped much. I don’t the level that I want to get. I hope to be able to participate in Wimbledon (1-14 July). I would like my career to end, but it is possible that the Australian Open is my last tournament. I go next week for sure at the tournament start. I also don’t know how my body will react to any vijfsetter or on the heat. What I do know, is that play with this pain is not a pleasant prospect.”
Murray played Thursday a next season against Novak Djokovic, the current world number 1. With a backlog of 6-1 4-1 strike Murray, the unequal fight. Last week was the Shot at the ATP tournament in Brisbane is already in the second round.
The former number one in the world and three-time grandslamwinnaar reached five times in the final of the Australian Open, but won the tournament, never. Last year he was the hip injury will not be participating in Australia. He takes in the first round against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut (ATP 23).
David Goffin: “Sad news”
The sudden farewell elicited in the tennis world a lot of emotional reactions. Also our fellow countryman David Goffin (ATP 22) was shocked by the news. “I didn’t know that this was his last tournament would be”, was Also off the air. Goffin played in his career seven times against the Shot, and I could only once beat. “I have his situation is not closely monitored, but this is sad news. It would be very unfortunate if such a player already needs to stop. Not so long ago, he was still number one in the world and he played wonderful tennis.”
“In our profession is to care for your body so very important”, he continued Goffin. “It is our main instrument. But sometimes it says the body simply stop. That will be the case for him. He has the past few years, a lot of games played. You are not just number one in the world. First, there was talk of an operation, but he did not let it operate. Then, the procedure is still taken place. Murray is not the only player with such issues. Also Federer, Nadal and Djokovic struggle or sukkelden with ailments and surgeries undergone. That also applies to me after my fall in the Davis Cup (in 2013 for the confrontation with Israel, eds.), when I operated am on the pulse.”
Kim Clijsters: “My heart breaks”
Also on social media was the frank press conference from Murray a hot topic in the tennis world. Among others, Kim Clijsters announced that her heart broke when they Shot heard. “Hopefully he gets Wimbledon and he gets a farewell he deserves.”