Andy Murray is saying goodbye to the world of professional tennis.
In an emotional press conference on Friday, the 31-year-old athlete announced his retirement from the sport after enduring a long struggle with hip pain that resulted in a surgery, rehabilitation and a “level” of competition Murray says he’s not “happy playing at.”
“It’s not just that — the pain is too much, really,” he added, according to CNN. “I don’t want to continue playing that way.”
Murray revealed that he will compete in the Australian Open, which kicks off on Monday, adding shakily while wiping away tears that he “would like to stop playing” at Wimbledon, in July, “but I am not certain I am able to do that.”
“Not feeling good. Been struggling for a long time. I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months,” said the British player, CNN reported. “Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads. I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament.”
In January 2018, after withdrawing from the Australian Open, Murray shared a message with fans on Instagram in an effort to update them about his condition.
“I’ve obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists,” he wrote, calling surgery “an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as I high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that.”
Six days later, Murray — who shares a 14-month-old daughter as well as daughter Sophia Olivia, 3 next month, with wife Kim Sears Murray — shared a “post op photo” from the hospital, revealing that he was “feeling really positive and looking forward to starting rehab.”