Teary Andy Murray Announces Wimbledon Retirement, But It Could Come Sooner
by Staff | January 10th, 2019, 8:13 pm
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In a tearful press conference an hour ago at the Australian Open, an emotional Andy Murray revealed the pain in his hip is just not going away. And retirement is now on the table in the very, very near future.

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

Murray had surgery on his right hip a year ago in Melbourne. However, it hasn’t fixed the issue.

“Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time. I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 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.”

Murray is scheduled to face Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday, a match he will go forward with, and one that could be his last.


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38 Comments for Teary Andy Murray Announces Wimbledon Retirement, But It Could Come Sooner

Berghain Says:

Feel sad about this. He will be missed!


Daniel Says:

So sad for Andy, remind me of guga, Hewitt and many other plagued with hip injury. Very few could hvae the isseu fix. It was a joy to watch him achieve #1 and Wimbledon.


Ronn Says:

A legend in his own right and the only player who could give the Big 3 a real run for their money. And a shoo in Hall of Famer too. We’ll miss you, Andy.


Telperion Says:

Damn… Poor Andy. Several players had the chance to fight off the Big 3, but he was the only one to consistently challenge them. He has achieved some truly marvellous things and will be remembered for times to come.

It’s terribly sad that he has to abandon the game in these terms.


Margot Roberts Says:

So sad for Andy. Horrible way to end your career. All that hard work and dedication in the past year for nought.
Can’t even put hid shoes and socks on without pain.
Darling Andy, thanks for all the joy over the past 16 years.


Van Persie Says:

That is really sad news.

“All that hard work and dedication in the past year for nought.”
No Margot, at lest he knows he tried his best and it is not up to him anymore. It leaves “what if’s” out of discussion.


chrisford1 Says:

VP is totally right. Andy will never be plagued with doubts later that he perhaps didn’t give his all, his best shot to come back. He did. It’s just his body didn’t respond, and his doctor said it won’t get better and if Andy persisted he might have lifelong pain and degenerative hip function.

David Ferrer will retire in homeland Spain after Barcelona and Madrid tournaments. Andy should go out in glory in Britain. He deserves that sendoff, all the buildup too as Britain showers the dour but nice and funny Scot with love and appreciation.


Willow Says:

So sorry to here this , a very sad day for sport, the greatest British tennis player since Fred Perry, you will be really missed Andy :-(


j-kath Says:

Yep – it’s not a surprise – and yes, Andy will be at Wimbledon – whether he plays in the draw or not – a significant recognition of his place in British and world tennis history will be mounted – and we’ll all be in tears, including Andy.

Andy will always remain involved in tennis i.e. helping others etc. (but a CONSTANT role of Commentator is not for him – he’s already said that – and Andy usually does what he says he will or will not do).

Margot has posted a loving message. For me, I’m too emotional to do so as my interest in professional tennis will probably end with Andy’s departure – as I have been unable to transfer a deep interest in any of the new up-and-coming stars. Yes, I’m still interested in the competitiveness between Nole, Rafa & Roger but even that has been related to Andy.


Willow Says:

J-Kath i doubt ill watch the AO now my hearts not really in it :-(


Giles Says:

Very sad day for tennis. Wishing you all the best Andy in your future life. Enjoy your lovely family.


Margot Says:

https://www.foxsports.ph/tennis/australian-open/964735/a-sad-day-for-the-sport-younger-brother-kyrgios-hails-retiring-murray/

Lovely from Naughty Nick.
Kath: I love tennis and will still follow other players but NO-ONE has captured my heart like Andy, and no-one ever will.


j-kath Says:

Willow:

Also, time difference between Aussie and UK is hardly conducive to watching ….


Alison Hodge Says:

^ True , over and out ^


j-kath Says:

Yes, Margot – I also enjoyed Naughty Nick’s message to Andy – (also read somewhere NN was “retiring” from tennis – but maybe it was one of his impulsive mouth-spills)???

And yes, you a true tennis-lover much more than I am….but I will still follow Nole/Rafa/Roger for a while and see where it takes me.


RZ Says:

So sad but not unexpected after his practice set against Djoker a couple of days ago. I just hope that his hip and body hold out long enough for him to go out in style at Wimbledon. It would be a shame if he couldn’t play the London grasscourt circuit.

Nice to see all the accolades from his peers and others pouring in.

I’m going to miss him and the emotional rollercoaster that being his fan meant. Hugs to Margot, J-Kath, and Andy’s other fans.


lylenubbins Says:

Too bad for Andy but what a career! The guy is so gifted, I was always struck by his ability to anticipate, always seemed a step ahead of the other payers. Also the way he developed his body to be able to compete at the highest levels is a great example.


Madmax Says:

j-kath Says:
Yep – it’s not a surprise – and yes, Andy will be at Wimbledon – whether he plays in the draw or not – a significant recognition of his place in British and world tennis history will be mounted – and we’ll all be in tears, including Andy.

Andy will always remain involved in tennis i.e. helping others etc. (but a CONSTANT role of Commentator is not for him – he’s already said that – and Andy usually does what he says he will or will not do).

Margot has posted a loving message. For me, I’m too emotional to do so as my interest in professional tennis will probably end with Andy’s departure – as I have been unable to transfer a deep interest in any of the new up-and-coming stars. Yes, I’m still interested in the competitiveness between Nole, Rafa & Roger but even that has been related to Andy.

January 11th, 2019 at 5:14 am

J-Kath! Margot!

You stay right there girls! After having watched the full press conference, with tears rolling down my cheeks, I cannot imagine how you both must feel. My heart is really breaking for you both right now. But. A sparkle of hope. Bob Bryan, same injury, as Andy said, who knows girls? Really, who knows? I believe in Miracles,and the magic of the surgeon’s hands. I do. Great Athletes return, and if we all wish for this to happen, who says, that this may transpire?

I am really feeling for you J-Kath and Margot.

X


Colin Says:

Devastating news. I’m another who will be less devoted to tennis than I have been during the roller coaster of Andy’s career.

I hope he does at least some commentating, because he’s good at it and has a great dry sense of humour. I suspect he will find a role developing new talent, as he likes kids.

What a situation in the family – Jamie was the first to
win a title, and in his partnership with Soares, he might win
further glory after Andy retires.

It would be lovely if Andy at some point coached an establishedindividual. He certainly would not be impassive like the great Ivan!


Django Says:

Zimonjic had hip surgery too. Where is he?

I think Andy had a crappy surgeon. Ugh.


RZ Says:

As we all know, Andy can be quite the joker on social media. But his photo post last week with the Australian Open trophy saying that it was the closest he would ever get to it was quite telling, as it indicated he didn’t think he could contend for it again. I had really hoped he would have been able to bag on AO crown, having been to the final so many times.


Madmax Says:

Margot/J-Kath,

Olympic Gold 2012
US Open 2012
Wimbledon 2013
Wimbledon 2016
Olympic Gold 2016
ATP World Tour Finals 2016
World End Nr 1 2016
14 M1000 titles
8 time Grand Slam finalist
45 titles in total, Dubai 2017 being his last.

When you look at the above, you realise even more, what a champ. And who knows what is going to happen in the next twelve months ladies.

X


rognadfan Says:

Was so excited to welcome another tennis season, partly because I was hoping for Andy to fully come back.
It’s so sad to know that he has to retire.
From his very early days, I picked him as my next guy to roof for, after Roger retired. who knew this day would come so early.
But he gave it all, became a legend in his own right in a area of three tennis gods, and was the only guy on par with them in most aspects.
But it’s certainly very heart wrenching that he has to go unwillingly. That said, life is much more that the sport. What ever u do next,best of luck, thank you Andy Murray for a brilliant game of tennis.


j-kath Says:

Gosh – so many heart-warming messages re. Andy. I always thought there were only 3 of us on Tx. supporting Andy – Margot, Myself and ALSO RZ …the latter always constant and supportive. Now I see Colin, Lylenubbins and others certainly valued him -e.g. Lylenubbins recognised Andy’s determination to develop his physicality to a winning level – something that always somewhat worried me. And then so many warm messages from many – Willow; Chrisford 1; Daniel, Ronn, Giles, Rognafan and a number of new Tx posters.

And many, many warm thanks to Madmax who has addressed Margot and myself in so many warm and friendly ways – including re-posting my earlier comments re-Andy – so many thanks to you Madmax for offering your own tears and sharing our sadness.

Now, I need to end on the subject…and after Andy’s official Wimbledon farewell, I look forward to watching him “walk tall” into a happy and fulfilling future. ALL IS WELL.


Carol Harland Says:

All the best Andy. You deserve to be noted in the grouping with Roger-Rafa-Novak. You won the #1 in 2016 when ATP did their damnest to stop you: zero points for Olympics that year and no points for DC while deleting the winning points from last year. Ridiculous! I’m sorry it has to end in injury.


Andy Mira Says:

I will miss Andy & all his brilliant on court terribly….I’m also very glad been able to witnessed his surgance to world no 1 & winning WTF & won wimbledon….was one of the great memories for me…

I will be hoping he will come back tho…who knows after retire his hip suddenly better & change his kids diapers bores him to death!…C’mon Andy!….Like DelPo said..keep fighting!!…


chrisford1 Says:

The beginning of the end of the Big 4. But more to come from the other three, even if Fed and Rafa no longer want to play full seasons. And all the while the Big 4 ruled, and have yet to “finish”, hopefully that is years off, they didn’t obscure other wonderful players from fans. Del Potro, Safin, Hewitt, Ferrer, Monfils, Berdych, Wawrinka,Jo Tsonga and many more made tennis even more fun to be a fan of. “Slam Count” isn’t everything.

Murray had many classic matches that showcased his spirit and talent. He had a war for the gold against del Potro in 2016, in 2012 he beat Novak and Fed to take gold and had a 5-set thriller
against Novak in the 2012 USO Final. In 2016 Andy finally found how to play great clay court tennis.


Okiegal Says:

I just had to pop in for moment to say how sad I am about Andy


Colin Says:

I don’t know if any of you guys saw the YouTube video of last November (it’s still available)showing Andy doing a gym routine devised by someone named Knowles, designed to increase both fitness and confidence. Our man is getting into it in his usual whole-hesrted way, doing hsndstands and cartwheels and landing heavily on a mattress. Presumably it didn’t help enough, but at the time it looked promising, and I felt optimistic. Alas, it all came to nothing.


rajesh kashyap Says:

Andy will be missed a lot


chico Says:

A big hats off and wishing goodspeed to the swansong


Kimberly Says:

Hip injuries seem to be career ending. Hope hes able to play longer. Although never my favorite its always better to have a player who can beat anyone in the mix. Truly a tier 1 player.


RZ Says:

Thanks J-Kath. Surprised so many people seem to have forgotten that Andy is my fav too.

I’ve been reading a lot of the tributes via social media and articles. The WTA had 2 articles about Andy on their web page yesterday. Very telling about how much he’ll be missed.


Madmax Says:

Dear Margot,

I have read this, this morning. Let’s talk about this please.

“Thinking about what I do when I finish playing and rushing into decisions – from speaking to psychologists – is the worst thing I should be doing. It’s going to take time for me to deal with it. I need time to get over it and then to know what my next steps are going to be.

“I know that will be difficult. I love tennis. I love playing the game.”

Completely normal response. Dear Andy, OMG to be in his shoes right now. A titanic, cataclysmic, seismic shift in his thought processes. But. Margot. There is a part of me that will not give up. I won’t go down that road, yet. I will be cheering him on in the first road, like an absolute nut head. And I will pray for his good health and his recovery. He has said, it is this ‘one part’ of his body that pains him, that all others are fine, he can cope with that. There has to be a way. A solution to any problem.

J-Kath, it does not matter who we support, or fight for, we are a tennis family here on this site, at least that is what I believe, and this is what families do, they fall out, they hurl things at each other, and they comfort and support when necessary It isn’t a perfect situation here, but , I cannot imagine one person on this site who would wish anything bad to happen to a player when it comes to their physicality or mentality, when something like this is thrown at them.

I will still keep the belief and I hope and wish Andy all the best for tomorrow. Let’s see. Perhaps some magic physio’s hands will do the trick and some psychologist’s words will fix the mindset.

Let’s go Andy!


Margot Says:

Not going to happen Madmax. Andy has been in pain for years, can’t even tie his shoe laces without pain. He needs a hip replacement operation, which incidentally I heard Castle say about 9 months ago, and get roundly criticised for it.
His professional tennis career in ATP singles is over. Accept. Move on.

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