‘I struggle to put shoes and socks on’: Andy Murray reveals true extent of injury
Andy Murray has revealed the true extent of the hip injury that appears to have ended his career, saying it extends far beyond tennis.
The former world number one announced on Friday that he plans to retire at Wimbledon this year, although he may ‘not be able to go through four or five more months of pain’ to actually get there.
Murray has battled a degenerative hip problem for 20 months now, and it seems it is a lot worse than he has ever allowed anyone to know.
“There are little things, day to day, that are also a struggle,” he admitted through tears at a press conference in Melbourne.
“It would be nice to be able to do them without any pain: putting shoes and socks on, things like that.
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“I have talked a lot – way too much – about my hip for 18 months.
“It’s a daily thing. It isn’t just people I work with that ask me. It’s everyone.
“Everyone I bump into. That is all I talk about it. It’s pretty draining.
“I have spoken a number of times with psychologists about it, but nothing helps because you are in lots and lots of pain.
“You cannot do what it is that you want to do, and you love doing.
“Or I can do it, but it’s not fun or enjoyable doing it any more.”
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