The day Andy Murray’s hip said enough and he announced his retirement from tennis amidst a sea of ​​tears

Andy Murray He was honored on the center court of Wimbledon after having lost in the first round of the doubles with his brother Jamie. The Scot, who had been struggling with his physique, had announced that he would not compete again in the All England Club as a professional player, leaving retirement on the horizon.

However, in January 2019, Sir Andy was the sporting star of the moment. In a press conference that will go down in history, the three-time Grand Slam winner announced that he would no longer play. “I will be at the Australian Open and I hope to play at Wimbledon, the last tournament of my career” said the man who had undergone hip surgery in 2018.

Despite surgical intervention, Murray He continued to have physical problems for months, which led him to make the decision to stop and even undergo a second operation to have a better quality of life, as he revealed that, for example, he had difficulty putting on his socks or shoes.

“I have been suffering for a long time, a total of twenty months. I have tried to do everything possible but the pain has not stopped.” said the former world number one in tears, before expanding: “I don’t want to continue playing like this, I’m not willing to continue with this pain for the next five months.”

After competing in the Australian Open 2019 (defeat in 1R against Roberto Bautista Agut)the Scot received a recommendation from the historic doubles player Bob Bryan to undergo a hip resurfacing arthroplasty, which involved placing a chrome-cobalt metal cap. The American assured him that this would improve his quality of life and could even get him back to playing.

Five months later, Murray competed in the doubles Queen’s with Feliciano LópezAgainst all odds, the couple was crowned champion after defeating the duo composed of Rajeev Ram y Joe Salisbury.

Thanks to hip surgery, the man who was number one in the ATP world rankings for 41 weeks was able to go from retirement to competing as a professional again in a span of just five months. However, his return to singles was more complex and he only returned in August, at the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati.

A few months later, in October, Andy Murray won his last ATP title. In Antwerpwho wanted to give up the practice, stayed with the 250 indoor that is played in Belgium after beating another legendary player like Stan Wawrinka vs. 3-6, 6-4 and 6-4.

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