what did you miss: andy murray announces shock retirement

06:30    12 Jan 2019

Andy Murray speaks to the media during a press conference at the Australian Open in Melbourne
British tennis superstar Andy Murray announced that he will retire after this year's Wimbledon Championships which is due to begin on July 1.

The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is struggling to recover from a hip injury, broke down in tears at a press conference in Melbourne, Australia on Friday.

"I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months," Murray told the media.

The 31-year-old is expected to contest his first-round match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the 2019 Australian Open on Monday.

However, the match could prove to be Murray's final match of his illustrious career.

"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," he said.

" I'm going to play. I can still play to a level. Not a level that I'm happy playing at. But it's not just that. The pain is too much really and I don't want to continue playing that way.

"During my training block I spoke to my team and told them I can't keep doing this. I needed to have an end point because I was sort of playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop."

Murray is also a two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and former world No. 1.

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