Andy Murray could retire after Aussie Open due to hip

A hard first-round draw for Murray sees the world No 230 face 22nd seed Bautista Agut, though the five-time Australian Open finalist will be buoyed by his 100 per cent record against the Spaniard.

"So I'm not feeling great", Murray said when he returned.

Murray said he will play in the Australian Open, which could be his last tournament, and hopes to play the final tournament of his career at Wimbledon.

"He [Djokovic] continues to challenge me".

'Obviously I have been struggling a long time and I have been in pain for about twenty months now, ' he said.

"Wimbledon is where i would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that".

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.

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.

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He insisted he would still try to play at the Australian Open but added "the pain is too much really".

Asked whether this could turn out to be his last event he replied 'There's a chance of that for sure'.

'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.

Three-time major victor Murray is on the comeback trail after missing 11 months with a hip injury which has seen him slump to 230 in the world. I'm also not certain I'm able to do that'.

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

Murray is drawn in the first round against the No22 seed, Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

  • Steve Townsend