About a year ago, as Andy Murray granted life a deep look into his soul. On 2. In January 2018 he posted a picture of himself from childhood days, and wrote: “I have chosen this photo, because the little child in me on the court and a Match to play. I miss it so much and would give anything for that.”

Since Friday, is clear: Murray’s desire is not fulfilled or only for a short time. In a moving press conference that he had with brittle voice several times to interrupt, hired Murray to be the early career end in view. “In December I talked to my Team and said: I need an end. Just continue playing, without knowing, that something is improving, that won’t work,” he explained. “Maybe I can make more up to Wimbledon, that’s where I would stop. But I don’t know if I can do it.”

Ironically, in Wimbledon, in the summer of 2017, was the first to foresee that Murray faces a serious problem. Although his hip had tweaked before the tournament starts, so that the British Tabloid “The Sun” called on, in collaboration with magician Uri Geller, your readers, on a photo of Murray’s hip zurubbeln to cure this. Without success: The quarter-final against Sam Querrey was just unbearable, Murray hobbled between the ball move from one side to the other, and as a viewer you begged him, but to throw in the towel, and not the long-lasting health.

“I have tried so much”

A conservative treatment did not help, and despite an Operation a year ago, the pain was still too much, told Murray in Melbourne. “I have tried so much, nothing has helped.” A second SURGERY, a hip Resurfacing as an Alternative to full hip replacement, is an issue. But not for the high-performance sport, “but to a pain-free life afterwards.”

The wave of sympathy to Murray’s appearance was overwhelming. “It is the heart, Andy Murray breaks me to see at the press conference. I hope he makes it to Wimbledon and gets the farewell he deserves,” tweeted the Belgian Kim Clijsters. “Tennis is better off with you,” wrote the South African Kevin Anderson, and the terms “Idol”, “Champion”, “model” and “great person” fell in all of the variations.

The scandal-Australians Nick Kyrgios, Murray often to the side, jumped in, spoke not only of a sad day for Murray, “but for the Sport and everyone you influence had.” And Tennis-the bad luck bird Juan Martin del Potro, after four wrist operations several times in front of the end of career, tweeted: “don’t Give up please. Keep fighting. I can understand your pain and grief. I hope you’ll get over it. You deserve it, according to your conditions to stop, whenever that happens.”

In Melbourne wants to stop Murray play

According to the own conditions: It is the great desire of almost all athletes, and where, if not at Wimbledon, should Murray’s place farewell. After four Slam defeats in Grand-finals, he won there in 2012, the Olympic gold medal. 2013, calculated on 7.7., crazy 77 years after the last victory of an Englishman at the home Grand Slam, followed the first Wimbledon title.

in 2016, he won again on the hallowed grass tennis courts, it was his last great Triumph, and it “only” the third Major title – plain and simple, because Murray had the misfortune to play in a Generation with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, with whom he formed the “Big Four”, who defeated him in major Finals, however.

Murray made at other levels all the more, he stood like no other for equal rights, which brought him a huge boost in popularity in the tennis women. “Whenever we heard him in the locker room for us to stand up, cheered: ‘On, Andy!'”, the Australian Sam Stosur revealed.

Murray’s decision comes for the scene observers not surprisingly, to seemed to be unstable since his Comeback in the summer of 2018. As he had won two weeks ago in Brisbane in their opening match against John Millman, he said with wet eyes: “to Go worse, as if I need to move on the court. And when I see the Video, it pulls me pretty down. Because I think I should make it as an Athlete better.”

On Thursday in Melbourne, Murray played a training match against Novak Djokovic, the observer with horror tracked: 6:1, 4:1 Djokovic led, as the painful Session was finally over. A Fan who thanked him via Instagram, to have his Idol at last experienced live, replied Murray: “I’m sorry, that today I was entertaining. But if you want to come on Monday or Tuesday to my Match, I’ll get you a Ticket.”

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