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Andy Murray says Australian Open could be his last tournament

Andy Murray says Australian Open could be his last tournament

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has admitted the Australian Open may be his last tournament, as his chronic hip injury continues to cause him pain.

He insisted he would still try to play at the Australian Open but added "the pain is too much really". 'Obviously been struggling for a long time and been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now.

". I'm not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months".

This was the toughest moment to witness in the 18-month saga of Murray's hip injury. He... Murray briefly left the media room before returning, then explained to media that his intention is to retire following Wimbledon 2019.

Asked whether this would be his final tournament, he responded: 'There's a chance of that, yeah, for sure.

Chinese top tennis player Wang Qiang is the 21st seed at the Australian Open on Thursday as Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep led the men's and women's singles seeding lists respectively.

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'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 spoke to my team and I told that I can't keep doing this, that I needed to have an end point because (I was) just playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop", he said. Having the operation a year ago was to give it the best possible chance of being better.

Murray's announcement came after his training run against Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park, where the Serbian won 10 of 12 games played.

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.

Men's top seed Djokovic, who was defending his title when he lost to Istomin, will first meet a qualifier in his bid for a record seventh Melbourne title and third Grand Slam crown in succession following wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

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