Andy Murray stands on the brink to quit tennis after admitting: "I have pain daily".
In an extraordinary pre-Australian press conference, the British sports star rescues his first round against Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday may be his last career.
The two-hour Wimbledon champion, 31, struggles with a hip injury requiring surgery 12 months ago in Australia.
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The shot still hopes to continue playing to Wimbledon this summer – but he worries that his broken body does not allow him to play at the highest level anymore.
Murray had to take a break from his press conference after breaking down on stage in Melbourne.
After several minutes in the backstage to compose himself, he said: "I am not feeling well.
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" Of course I have struggled for a long time . I have had a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now.
"I've done pretty much everything I could to try to get my hip feel better. It hasn't helped loads. Take a break from his press conference after breaking down on stage in Melbourne After several minutes of backstage to compose, he said: “Jag mår inte bra. “/>
Murray had to take a break from his press conference after he broke down on stage in Melbourne. After several minutes of backstage to compose, he said: "I don't feel good. (AP Photo / Mark Baker)
"I am in a better place than I was six months ago, but still in much pain. Yes, it has been tough."
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"In the middle of late December in my training block, I spoke to my team and I told them" I can't continue to do this "."