Britain’s number 1, Andy Murray will soon be hanging up his tennis racket. As it turns out, the strain of his injuries have taken a toll on the Scot. In an emotional press conference, he said that he would try and make it for the Australian Open, but hopes to keep playing until Wimbledon.
The former World Number 1 was first discovered on the tennis circuit as a 14-year old. Even at that age, he was still serving at speeds up to 115 miles an hour. He was already the European champion in his age group and many predicted that he could go all the way to the top.
Upon being interviewed, the 14-year old expressed his desire to play in the Junior Wimbledon and somewhere down the line, Senior Wimbledon. In his early years, he was coached by Leon Smith, he said that if you want to make it, you really gotta give up your life.
"Andrew Murray from Dunblane could be one of the brightest stars on the international tennis circuit."
Watch our first introduction to a 14-year-old Andy Murray in 2001 👇 pic.twitter.com/rffQldNDXJ
— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) January 11, 2019
Fast-forward to 2019, Andy Murray intends to play his first round match against Roberto Bautista Agut. Murray ended his 2018 season in September to spend time working alongside rehabilitation expert Bill Knowles. However, he still looked like he was below par when he played world number one Novak Djokovic in an open practice match at Melbourne Park on Thursday.
He mentioned that further hip surgery might be needed to ensure a better quality of life in retirement. Murray was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list at the end of 2016. He even ruled out becoming a doubles player in the future, ending the possibility of him teaming up with older brother Jamie in the twilight of his career.