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A tearful Andy Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of the hip injury that has derailed his career.

The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam victor broke down at a press conference in Melbourne as he said the pain had become nearly unbearable.

Murray, 31, has chosen Wimbledon as the swansong for his remarkable career, but he said that the pain was so bad now that he was unsure whether he could compete in July. I'm not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months.

In an emotional news conference at Melbourne Park on Friday, when he had to leave the room shortly after his first attempt to get it started, and needed to pause several times to compose himself after returning, Murray said he wasn't sure how much longer he could play. "The pain is too much, really".

"I'm going to play (in Australia). That's where I would like to stop playing, but I'm also not certain I'm able to do that", admitted Murray, who guided Team GB to Davis Cup glory in 2015.

The Scot, champion at Wimbledon twice after landing his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2012, walked out of his press conference in tears after being asked about the status of his hip, to which he initially replied "not great".

Murray had right hip surgery in January 2018 after prolonged problems with the joint. "I thought I need to have an end point, because I was playing with no idea of when the pain was going to stop". "I've pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads. I've obviously been struggling for a long time", Murray said.

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.

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 can play with limitations, that's not an issue, it's having the limitations and also the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing, training or any of the stuff I love about tennis".

"My plan is kind of middle to end of December in my training block, I spoke to my team and told them I can't keep doing it". "That's something that I'm seriously considering right now". "Obviously you see me running around a tennis court, walking in between points, and obviously I know it doesn't' look good. look comfortable". It would be nice to be able to do them without any pain: putting shoes on, socks on, thinks like that.