I considered retirement, admits Andy Murray ahead of Washington Open

Andy Murray looks on

Andy Murray admits that he considered the possibility of retirement as he battled his way back from injury.

The former British and world number one missed near-enough a calendar year with a serious hip problem that eventually required surgery, leaving his all the way down at number 838 in the rankings.

However, he is now back and the ATP Tour and ready to step-up his comeback bid, although he did question whether or not it would happen and what that would mean for his future.

“You do think about ‘what if I can’t come back, what if this is the end?’ and think about what you are going to do with yourself,” he told Sky Sports.

“I have been playing tennis my whole life. This is all I have known, so it will be a big change when I do stop, but I always felt like I would be able to come back.”

“It is obviously not where I would want to be ranking-wise but the good thing is, when you are up at the top of the game, it is not easy just to move up one spot.

“If I win a couple of matches here, I could move up 300, 400 spots in a week, which is nice.

“Hopefully I can get back up quickly but it sort of feels like I am starting from scratch again. Obviously I have not been in that position since I was 18.

“It is going to be hard but it should be fun.”