Michael Cox  |  Fri 11th Jan   | Tennis

This is for sure one of the saddest days for all the tennis lovers in the last decade if not more. Andy Murray stunned the world last night saying that he intends to retire from tennis because of his constant hip problems, which could cause more severe complications in the future.

Murray, 31-year old from Glasgow Scotland, appeared at the press conference in Melbourne today, and dropped a bomb which already shook the world of tennis.

He did have numerous struggles in the last year and a half, but nothing indicated that he might do such a radical step.

Too Much Pain

But according to his words, it is something inevitable, as he can’t endure the pain anymore. Murray stated that he did everything in his power over the last 20 months, to eliminate the problems, but that didn’t help.

He even underwent surgery of his hip, hoping that it might decrease the level of pain, but there were no significant improvements. The former No.1 stated that he doesn’t enjoy the game as he used to, and that he already informed his team about the intentions and plans for the future.

Murray is planning to end his career at home soil, the Wimbledon courts, later this year. But the player also said, that having in mind his current condition, it wouldn’t be a surprise that he concludes the career after the Australian Open.

Two-time Olympic Games gold medalist, was deeply disturbed at the press conference. His voice was shaking, often stopped talking when giving the answers, and finally, at one point his emotions emerged to the surface, when he started crying.

For a moment, Murray left the desk and the room, trying to get a grip on his composure, but it was obvious that he can’t handle the tears and the pain in his heart.

Murray won 45 titles in his professional career. Three of them were at the Grand Slams, in 2013 and 2016 at Wimbledon, and 2012 at the US Open. Besides that, he also has 14 Masters 1000 titles, and one ATP Masters finals in 2016.

The British Hero

Two gold medals at London and Rio Olympics, are something which separates him from all other players in history. So far nobody could win the Olympic Games twice, let alone in a row.

He became the hero of Great Britain in 2013 when he won the Wimbledon trophy, snapping a 77-year long drought, for the players from the UK at this competition. The Grand Slam held at All England Club is the matter of national pride, as the Brits consider it to be the biggest tournament in the world.

But Murray’s name will stay carved forever in history after 2015, and his glorious leadership of Great Britain’s Davis Cup team towards the first trophy in this competition after eight decades. Back then he defeated all of his 8 opponents in singles and 3 in doubles matches, ending the finals with a masterful point, which is regarded to be one of the most beautiful in the history of the game.

No doubt, his retirement will be a huge loss for the sport in general.

Michael Cox