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Sherman Parsons
January 18, 2019

Andy Murray is out of the Australian Open - which could be his final tournament after announcing his impending retirement last week. Reilly Opelka, a 21-year-old who eliminated No. 9 John Isner in an all-U.S. first-round showdown, held a 67-2 ace advantage - and a 15-inch (38-centimetre) height advantage - against Thomas Fabbiano but lost to the Italian 6-7 (15), 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5).

Andy Murray said he will "probably" have an operation on his debilitating hip injury as doubts emerge over a possible Wimbledon farewell after his spirited Australian Open exit.

If he decides not to have the operation yet, then he will aim to play on the grass, finishing off his career at the Wimbledon Championships in South West London. Murray had said last Friday that this could possibly be the final tournament of his career altogether. If I want to go again, I'll need to have a big operation which there's no guarantees I'll come back from. I'm aware of that. I'm still in pain doing just basic day-to-day things. Bob Bryan is doing it just now. I've been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. If this was my last match playing tennis it was an wonderful way to end. That's something that I'll probably take into consideration.

"It was an wonderful atmosphere, it was brilliant".

"Realistically I don't think there is anywhere else to go to preserve his hip and get it better so he can continue to play". I don't understand how in the last eight to ten years that participation is dropping - I don't get it.

It was a practice match against Novak Djokovic on Thursday that really set the alarm bells ringing, but Murray was able to find a much better level against a high-class and dogged opponent in Bautista Agut.

"I know in Scotland that there have not been many indoor courts built in the last ten years".

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The world No. 1 played just 13 matches during an injury-hit 2018.

Murray was relieved to finally reveal the severity of his struggles and was left stunned by the reaction.

"I expect that of myself - I have high expectations of myself", Millman said. You could feel how badly his heart wanted to pull off this battle. "I mean, I don't know exactly how long it would be". "I gave everything I had", he said. But obviously the reaction, I was really surprised by. Should his agonising match prompt him to opt for the surgery in the coming months, tennis fans will lose the opportunity to watch Sir Andy bow out at his stomping ground at Wimbledon. Right now, it's something that frustrates me'. But because of the way the match went and actually how I finished the match, I literally couldn't have done any more.

"But I have tried my best".

"I have basically like two options".

'I guess those are the things that are important for the future.

"It is appropriate that at this Scottish Questions we acknowledge in this House Andy's extraordinary contribution to British sport, and his personal resilience and courage, and I express our hope that we will once again see Andy Murray on Court".

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