In a tearful press convention on Friday, Andy Murray showed he might play within the first spherical of the Australian Open next week, however said he wasn't certain how tons longer he could preserve.

The three-time Grand Slam winner broke down at some point of his statement and at one factor had to leave the room. 

"i'm able to play with obstacles. But having the limitations and the ache isn't always allowing me to experience competing or schooling," Murray advised journalists in Melbourne, beforehand of the Australian Open.

"i'm able to nonetheless play to a degree — not a stage I'm glad playing at," he stated. "but additionally, it's now not just that. The ache is too much genuinely."

Fellow tennis stars like Andy Roddick and Juan Martin del Potro paid tribute on Twitter, with Roddick hoping Murray would possibly as a minimum be capable of play doubles together with his brother at Wimbledon as a farewell. 

Murray is scheduled to open against quantity 22-ranked Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut at Melbourne Park, where the Australian Open starts on Monday. Although Murray has reached the event very last five instances, he has in no way won it.

Murray opened this season ultimate week on the Brisbane global, winning his establishing suit towards Australian James Duckworth. But, he misplaced in the 2d round to Russia's Daniil Medvedev, displaying seen symptoms of limping.