The three-time grand slam champion broke down at a press conference in Melbourne last night as he admitted that he had been unable to overcome a debilitating hip injury.
The 31-year-old Murray said he trained in the off-season with the main goal of making one last run at Wimbledon, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men with his title in 2013, but now wasn't sure he'd make it that far after doing everything he could to deal with the pain over the last 20 months.
He said he "I'm in a better place than I was six months ago but I'm still in a lot of pain".
Still, Murray was apologetic to his fans for not producing a better performance, and proposed to give her a better show at his first round match at the Australian Open. "The pain is too much really, I don't want to continue playing that way".
'I'm going to play here.
"Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that", Murray said.
Claiming Olympic gold in 2012 at Wimbledon freed up Murray, paving the way for his maiden grand slam success at the US Open a month later - the Serb again on the other side of the net - after losing all four of his previous finals. "But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training", he said in Melbourne.
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Murray made his initial comeback from hip surgery last June, but was forced to abandon the remainder of his 2018 season after being plagued with pain.
"I'm going to play. I've tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right and that hasn't worked".
Murray said he had an option of another operation on his troublesome hip, but it was more about his quality of life after hanging up his racquet. "I said, look, I think I can kind of get through this until Wimbledon, that is where I would like to stop".
He said he's considering another hip operation, more to improve his quality of life than as a way of returning to the top level in tennis.
Murray intends playing in the season-opening major at Melbourne Park but says there is a chance it will be his final tournament.
"Still in absolute shock that I finally got to see the man behind my love for tennis in action today", she wrote on Instagram. That's something I'm seriously considering.
"The walking, there are certain things on the court I can not really do properly now, but the pain is the driving factor".