Tennis star Andy Murray before end of career

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In an emotional press conference, Andy Murray announced in Melbourne on his upcoming departure from competitive sports. The body of the 31-year-old two-time Wimbledon winner will not play with you any more.

Andy Murray could be his emotions hardly Mr: On the question of how he, brought the 31-year-old British tennis star at the press conference before the Australian Open in Melbourne, just the two words “not great” on the lips, then the first tears flowed. Murray left the Podium to collect in an adjacent room. Then he announced his upcoming retirement. At the latest in the Wimbledon final. Murray’s body is no longer with plays. “I have a lot of pain, it is too much,” said the Briton. “The pain will not allow me to have fun on the Training or Competition. I’ve been trying to get used to it. I’ve talked about it, but my hip is not better.”

Desired destination: a farewell at Wimbledon

The Australian Open, which starts on Monday, Murray, a test balloon, if he can fulfill his desire only at the time of his home Grand Slam at Wimbledon in the summer to resign or whether he has to pull out earlier the ripcord. “I’m not sure if I can still play for four or five months of pain,” said Murray. “I want to make it to Wimbledon, and then stop, but I’m not sure if I’ll do it.”

Three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic victories

Murray at the peak: the first Wimbledon victory in 2013

Murray had been suffering for 20 months under hip problems and was therefore a year ago in Melbourne operate. In the world rankings, the former number one will be kept up to date on Position 230. At the Australian Open, Murray had been five times in the final – in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016 – but will never win. His greatest successes, the two Wimbledon victories in 2013 and 2016, the Triumph at the US Open in 2012 and the two Olympic victories in 2012 in London and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

For women

The former German Top-Ten player Andrea Petkovic spoke of a great loss to the sport of tennis. Murray did not only sports highlights, but also for the equality of women in Tennis. Petkovic recalled that Murray had requested the same prize money for women and men, and the Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, a woman as a trainer is involved. “You will always need men for the women,” said the 31-Year-old.