Have we seen the last of Andy Murray?

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After his heroic performance against Roberto Bautista Agut, Andy Murray has said he will make a decision on potentially career-extending hip surgery in a “week or two”

It almost seemed as if Murray surprised himself with his performance against the Spaniard, maybe speaking too soon about a potential retirement.

Murray’s emotional press conference on Friday highlighted his intentions to retire after Wimbledon this summer, but the Scotsman also suggested the Australian Open could be his final bout due to the pain from his hip injury.

Positive Signs

Despite losing in five sets to Bautista Agut, there were some encouraging signs for the former world number one. The fact he battled back from two sets down shows there’s still some fight left in the three-time Grand Slam winner. If this was Murray’s final match, then he certainly did himself proud.

However, when weighing up where he goes from here, Murray told BBC Radio 5 live that “Surgery is my only option if I want to play beyond just Wimbledon,”

“However, there is a strong possibility I won’t come back and play after an operation. I want to play tennis, but not with the hip I have right now.”

“If I have surgery after Wimbledon then there’s no chance I’d try to come back again because that’d be another year out of the game. It’ll be too tough to come back.

“If I went down the route of having surgery now then there’s a good chance I wouldn’t be able to play again, but my quality of life would be better.”

Time will tell what Murray’s decision will be, but the 31-year-old probably looks at Roger Federer’s ability to still compete for Grand Slams at 37, and thinks that the Benjamin Button film must be based on a true story.

No one expected Murray to go far into this major, despite the fact he has been a runner-up five times in Melbourne. Perhaps one final victory Down Under would have been enough for the Brit to call it a day.  

The fact that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, are still the men to beat poses the question of whether Murray would still be in that bracket had he not got injured and had surgery.

Djokovic is the favourite for this year’s Australian Open at 6/5 with Betfred.

Final Farewell

Ideally, Wimbledon would be the perfect way for Murray to bow out. From when he burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced teenager to winning two Wimbledon titles, the All England Club has been home to some of the best moments in British tennis history. What better way for the best tennis player Britain has ever had to say his goodbyes.

Of course, if Murray doesn’t make it to Wimbledon, his performance on Monday certainly illustrates what his game was all about – fighting spirit and determination, usually combined with a moment of genius.

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