See Wimbledon’s touching tribute to Andy Murray
Three-time Grand Slam champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray announced Friday in an emotional press conference that he is preparing to retire from the sport due to a hip injury that has limited him severely. Murray said that he hopes to return to Wimbledon one last time, but isn’t sure if he’ll be healthy enough to play.
Via USA TODAY Sports:
“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 told the news conference Friday. “I said to my team ‘I think I can get through to Wimbledon’ … that’s where I would like to stop playing. But I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.”
Murray’s impending retirement is a massive blow to the sport, and especially to Wimbledon, where Murray ended a 76-year drought for British men at the event by winning the tournament in 2013. Murray went on to win the Wimbledon singles title again in 2016.
The official Wimbledon account responded to the news with a beautiful video celebrating Murray.