Andy Murray explains the extent of his injury problems after announcing retirement plans

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Andy Murray has provided a more detailed explanation about his surprise retirement decision and what made him call it a day in an interview with Australian Open TV.

The injury dates back all the way to the week before Wimbledon 2017. A deep run to the semi-finals in the French Open and quick turn-around for Wimbledon had been one step too much for his hip which now seems to show the signs of early arthritis. 

Since then, the former world number one has battled with the pain and overcome multiple surgeries to return to the court in a warm-up match with Novak Djokovic last week, only for him to struggle to make much of an impression against the world number one.

And ahead of the Australian Open getting underway on Monday, the Scot has opened up on just how pain he is in.

"Playing matches in some way takes my mind off of it a little bit because I'm concentrating on trying to win a match or competing or tactics and other things, but it's tough because I know that I'm not capable of doing the things that I used to do," he told the Australian Open's YouTube channel.

"I have to change the way I'm playing and lower my expectations as well which when I do that, I feel less pressure and less pressure for me is not good. I prefer to have the nerves and the pressure because it allows you to perform better."

Despite the various treatments and surgeries the Scot also admitted his hip problem isn't just affecting him play tennis but his day-to-day life too.

"It's not so much just the matches but every day really, pretty much every step that I take, I mean I'm struggling even with walking."

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Although the impending sadness of retirement, the three-time Grand Slam winner was able to appreciate the privileged career he has been able to enjoy.

"I've been very fortunate to do this for my career, you know, I love travelling the world." 

"I loved competing, playing in the biggest tennis tournaments in front of great crowds and in many ways been fortunate to compete against the guys I have."

"And even managed to get some wins against them along the way, so it's been alright."

Murray will face world number 22 Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday and will surely base his judgement on whether he can realistically make it to Wimbledon in June on how he fairs.

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