Murray revealed in a very emotional press conference that he may be forced to retire after the Australian Open, with the severe pain from his right hip having become nearly unbearable.
Overcome with emotion and struggling to hold back tears, the 31-year-old three-times Grand Slam champion told reporters that he had hoped to play until at least this year's Wimbledon tournament.
"There's a chance of that, for sure, because I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months", Murray said. "I'm not sure I can play through the pain for another..."
Murray deserves a proper send-off, and competing at his home Grand Slam at SW19 would be a fitting finale for a true talisman of British sport.
Despite the limitations on his game imposed by the injury, Murray indicated he will compete at the Australian Open "but not a level I'm happy about".
The three-time Grand Slam victor is scheduled to play his opening round match against No. 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne, where he has reached the final five times but never went on to win the title. "The pain is too much really, it's not something I want to continue playing that way", Murray said.
"I'm going to play (in Australia)".
" I said to my team, 'Look, I think I can kind of get through this until Wimbledon.' That was where I'd like to stop - stop playing". He's a three-time Grand Slam victor (twice at Wimbledon, once at the US Open), a two-time Olympic champion, a Davis Cup champion, victor of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and a former world No. 1. "I tried everything I could to get it right, it hasn't worked".
When he stood atop the podium again in Rio in 2016, Murray became the first man to land back-to-back Olympic tennis singles golds. "I needed to have an end point..."
"I spoke to my team and I told them I can't keep doing this".
Then he underwent hip surgery last January in Australia, not returning until June and skipping Wimbledon altogether.
Murray revealed 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 added that quality of life was now his priority going forward with his hip and that a further operation remained an option, though not to prolong his career. "That's something I'm seriously considering right now".
"Still in absolute shock that I finally got to see the man behind my love for tennis in action today", she wrote on Instagram. I'm in a better place than I was six months ago but still in a lot of pain.