Andy Murray mentioned he would come to a decision on additional surgical procedure that might finish his occupation “inside every week” after struggling with to a gutsy, epic five-set defeat within the Australian Open on Monday. The Scot fought to the very finish earlier than shedding his Melbourne first-round fit 6-Four, 6-Four, 6-7 (five/7), 6-7 (Four/7), 6-2 to Roberto Bautista Agut. Murray, who has mentioned he’s going to retire this season as a result of continual hip ache, appeared completed at two units and a wreck right down to the 22nd seeded Spaniard within the first around however by some means battled again to drive a 5th set.
“Superb. That used to be fantastic, thanks so, such a lot to everybody that got here out this night,” the three-time Grand Slam champion mentioned after being swept alongside on a wave of vociferous improve on the Australian Open.
“Truthfully I have cherished enjoying right here through the years. If this used to be my final fit, a terrific option to finish. I gave the whole thing I had and it wasn’t sufficient this night.”
Murray introduced at an emotional press convention on Friday that he would retire at Wimbledon this 12 months, however conceded Monday’s conflict may neatly be his final fit as he’s going to quickly want a additional main operation on his broken proper hip.
“I’ve principally like two choices,” he informed newshounds. “One is to take the following four-and-a-half months off, then building up, you understand, play Wimbledon.
‘I am truly suffering’
“I imply, I am truly suffering. I will’t stroll correctly in any respect simply now. I may play some other fit, however … I wish to fortify my high quality of lifestyles, as a result of even though I take 4 months, I nonetheless cannot stroll.
“However having an operation like that, there may be completely no promises I might be capable to play once more. I am absolutely conscious about that. It is a truly large operation.
“I will most certainly make a decision within the subsequent week or so.”
Murray had entered a raucous Melbourne Enviornment to an enormous ovation as Scottish Saltires and British Union flags had been flown whilst one banner proclaimed: “There’ll simplest ever be one Andy Murray”.