Injured Andy Murray says Australian Open could be his last tournament

The pain is too much- Murray on brink of retiring

"It's just now that it's definite", he added, acknowledging that the era of the "Big Four" - himself, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Murray was drawing inexorably to a close.

At a news conference, an emotional Murray, 31, said that next week's Australian Open could be his final tournament, owing to pain in his right hip, following surgery a year ago. Nadal is 32. Djokovic turns 32 in May, a week or so after Murray. Because of the way the last six months of competing have gone, I could win but it's likely that I won't.

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Murray, 31, struggled to share the news at the Australian Open in Melbourne, which he withdrew from a year ago due to injury. "I have to go in and play aggressive myself, get a lot of returns back, serve well, make her move", she said.

"I feel like time has gone insane fast since I won here".

Nadal has missed long periods of tennis because of injuries throughout his career, still managing to amass 17 major titles, but has never contemplated a date for retirement. "I spoke to Roger [Federer] yesterday in the locker room and he said it's unbelievable, so to have a champion like that recognize what we've done for the grand slam is pretty special".

"Every time you commit to someone in your team, you have to give 100 per cent".

"I feel like maybe more people want to take pictures".

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It all means the era of the "Big Four" is nearly over after a season in which Federer - who opens his title defense against Denis Istomin Monday - rolled back the years on Rod Laver Arena to lift an emotional 20th Grand Slam.

Their careers have always been intertwined.

The 31-year-old Scot announced on Friday he will retire this year because of a hip injury.

"We've seen so many years of Andy Murray being one of the fittest guys on the tour, running around the court, getting always an extra ball back".

"But today it's him, tomorrow another one". Tomorrow another one. We are not 20 anymore.

BBC presenter John Inverdale was accused of sexism after he congratulated Murray on becoming the "first person" to win two Olympic tennis golds, following his victory at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Federer has a night match against Denis Istomin on the same center court.

Serena Williams has adopted a low profile ahead of the Australian Open, but rival players admit the American's shadow looms large in Melbourne as she eyes a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown. Djokovic is on the other side of the draw and will start on Day 2. It's just a little bit uncomfortable but it's nothing that can get worse or anything like that. "You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens", said current world No. 5 Juan Martín del Potro.

Among the more surprising coaching changes in the off-season was Halep's split from long-time mentor Darren Cahill, who wants to spend more time with his family. That's impossible to forget.

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