MELBOURNE (AFP) - A tearful Andy Murray on Friday introduced he could likely retire this year due to excessive pain from a hip damage, saying subsequent week s Australian Open could be the remaining match of a glittering profession.

the former international primary and three-time Grand Slam winner broke down at a press convention in Melbourne as he said the ache had end up nearly insufferable.

"i will play with boundaries. However having the limitations and the ache isn't allowing me to revel in competing or education," the emotional Scot said.

Thirty-one-12 months-old "Sir Andy" stated he would like to complete at his home Grand Slam in Wimbledon, but ruefully admitted he might not make it that far.

He might be remembered because the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years and as a participant who battled his way to the top in a golden generation for the game alongside Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

"Wimbledon is wherein I would like to forestall gambling, however i'm now not sure i am capable of do this," he stated.

"I ve been suffering for a long time. I m now not certain i'm able to play via the pain for every other four or five months.

"quite a good deal completed the whole thing that I ought to to attempt to get my hip feeling higher and it hasn t helped hundreds."

He pulled out of final 12 months s Australian Open to have hip surgical procedure and handiest lower back in June at Queen s membership in London.

He ended the season at Shenzhen in September after best a handful of appearances to concentrate on running his manner back to complete fitness.

however he become knocked out within the second round on his return at Brisbane closing week and known as it quits on Thursday after less than an hour of a exercise healthy in Melbourne towards Djokovic, together with his motion sincerely hampered.

"I suppose there may be a threat the Australian Open is my final event," he stated.

whilst he intends to start his beginning-round suit towards 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week, how his body withstands potentially gruelling five-set clashes in strength-sapping warmth stays to be visible.

"I m going to play. I can nevertheless play to a level, now not a degree I m satisfied gambling at," he said.

one of the so-referred to as huge four, along side Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, who have ruled the sport for years, Murray s ranking has slumped to 230.

He hasn t reached a Grand Slam final because triumphing his 2nd Wimbledon title in 2016, however has although loved a glittering profession in view that turning professional in 2005, with now not handiest three Grand Slam titles, however Olympic gold medals and 45 ATP crowns.

drastically, in 2013 Murray became the first British guy to win Wimbledon for seventy seven years, ending the nation s obsession with locating a champion to follow in the footsteps of Fred Perry.

top Australian instruct Darren Cahill, who until recently changed into mentoring international primary Simona Halep, said Murray become an example of the in no way-say-die mindset that separated the satisfactory from the common.

"whilst you look for examples of  emptied the bucket to be as suitable as they may be  there should be a photo of Andy Murray sitting below that quote," he tweeted.

"super discipline for schooling, opposition, sacrifice, perfection, a touch crazy however a legend of a bloke."

Former famous person Andy Roddick also paid tribute on Twitter.

"I tip my cap to @andy_murray! Absolute legend. Quick listing of first-rate tacticians in history. Unreal effects in a brutal technology. Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthful," he stated.

Murray stated he had an option of every other operation on his difficult hip, however it became extra approximately his exceptional of life after hanging up his racquet.

"That s some thing I m significantly thinking about proper now," he said.