The injury-ridden Scot has been hampered by a hip injury since a Wimbledon quarter-final defeat to Sam Querrey in the summer of 2017 and has struggled to regain fitness after undergoing surgery on the issue a year ago.
And he has revealed that this month’s Grand Slam could well be his last, but that if he makes it through then he will most definitely retire after Wimbledon in July.
The 31-year-old said to the media: “I have been struggling for a long time. I have been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now.
“I have done everything I could to get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads.
“I am in a better position than I was six months ago but I am still in a lot of pain. It has been tough.
“I need to have an end point because I’m just playing with no idea of when the pain will stop.
“Wimbledon is where i would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that.
“I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months.”
The three-time Grand Slam champion was driven to tears as he made the announcement to a room of journalists and revealed that the extent of his pain means he cannot put socks on without struggling.
Murray – a two-time winner of Wimbledon – played just 14 times at tour level in 2018 and just two of those were at Grand Slams, both comng at the US Open.
He also revealed he has the option to undergo surgery in order to ease his pain after his retirement although his chronic pain has not eased up from his previous surgery a year ago.
The update comes after he was convincingly outclassed in a practice session with world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Thursday in which the Serbian won 10 of 12 games.
Murray has slipped well down to No 230 in the world rankings and has been drawn to face 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round this coming Monday.
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