Andy Murray to face Bautista Agut in Australian Open first round

Andy Murray to face Bautista Agut in Australian Open first round

Andy Murray to face Bautista Agut in Australian Open first round

"I've obviously been struggling for a long time", Murray said.

Murray says he is planning to end his tennis career during the United Kingdom summer, but does not know if he can continue playing through his pain until then. "I like to play attacking tennis, so I've come full circle".

Murray battled to contain his emotions at a news conference Friday morning, and had to leave the room briefly to compose himself soon after it started.

Speaking ahead of Brisbane, Murray said "I still have some pain in my hip", but that "I'm in a better place than I was a few months ago".

The three-time Grand Slam champion was driven to tears as he made the announcement to a room of journalists and revealed that the extent of his pain means he can not put socks on without struggling. Back in 2008, Novak claimed his first Grand Slam title in Melbourne and he was the player to beat at Melbourne Park since 2011, going all the way five out of six times to become one of the most successful players at the first Grand Slam of the season. "The pain is too much really and I don't want to continue playing that way".

'I have an option to have another operation, which is little more severe than what I've had before but would give me a better quality of life. "I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament".

Andy Murray to face Bautista Agut in Australian Open first round

"I can play with limitations, but having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training".

"That's something I'm seriously considering right now".

On Thursday, Novak will share the court with his old friend and rival Andy Murray, setting the practice match on the Margaret Court Arena that will be open to the public.

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki takes on Belgian Alison van Uytvanck in round one and could potentially meet 30th seed Maria Sharapova in the third round.

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.

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