Andy Murray's career seemed close to ending just twelve months ago. On 11 January 2019, at a press conference just prior to the Australian Open, an emotional Murray announced that he could possibly retire from professional tennis due to struggling physically for a "long time", particularly with his hip injury.
After an hip resurfacing surgery in London, the three-time Slam champion returned to the professional tennis circuit in June, entering the doubles competition of the Queen's Club Championships alongside Feliciano Lopez.
He lost against 12th ranked Fabio Fognini in the second round of the Shanghai Open, before winning the first title after his operation in the European Open in October 2019, beating three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka in the final.
In a recent interview with his former coach Mark Petchey, the Scottish opened up on Australian Open retirement: “I didn’t think I had said that I was definitely retiring – I don’t know what I had said in the press conference really.
I was so emotional. I didn’t know what I had said. I didn’t think I had said I’m retiring. I think I said I would like to get to Wimbledon to stop. And at the time, that was my plan. I didn’t want to play any longer than that because I couldn’t do it any more.
And then the video. I can’t really remember what exactly was in it. I think Mark Petchey did the interview with me and it was a tough, tricky moment for him as well. That match for me. I said as well to my team and my family afterwards, if that is the end, that is fine. It would have been an amazing way to finish."