Murray to retire, hopes to play Wimbledon

Murray to retire, hopes to play Wimbledon

'Obviously I have been struggling a long time and I have been in pain for about twenty months now, ' he said. "But I don't see him playing if he at least doesn't think he can be a factor in a major". I could live happily ever after on 99.

Murray said the Australian Open, where had been a finalist five times could be his final tournament. "I like to play attacking tennis, so I've come full circle". Murray briefly left the media room before returning, then explained to media that his intention is to retire following Wimbledon 2019.

Responding to a fan's Instagram post, Murray replied: "I'm sorry I couldn't be more entertaining today".

Second seed and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, bidding for a fourth Grand Slam title, will open against Slovenian Polona Hercog, with a possible quarter-final against 2017 U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens in the second week.

Murray - a two-time victor of Wimbledon - played just 14 times at tour level in 2018 and just two of those matches were at Grand Slams, both comng at the US Open.

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The Spanish 22nd seed defeated Djokovic on his way to the title in Doha last week while concerns about Murray's fitness grew as he struggled through a practice match against Djokovic at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

Kyle Edmund, back at the scene of his semi-final appearance 12 months ago, was also given a hard opener at the year's first grand slam against former top-10 stalwart Tomas Berdych, who is unseeded following injury.

"It was Muzza that showed me just how entertaining tennis really could be and for that I thank him with my whole heart".

"I'm in a better place than I was six months ago but I'm still in a lot of pain". But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training.

British number two Heather Watson takes on 31st seed Petra Martic from Croatia while Katie Boulter, playing in her first slam main draw outside of Wimbledon, meets experienced Russian Ekaterina Makarova. He faces tough opposition from defending champion Roger Federer, while Rafa Nadal aims for his first triumph Down Under since 2009.

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