Andy Murray will no longer have desired “to be making up the numbers” as he pondered his future, says his former Davis Cup group-mate Tim Henman.
The 3-time Grand Slam champion and the former international primary will retire this 12 months due to hip harm.
And the 31-year-old Scot says next week’s Australian Open could be the very last event of his career.
“It is unhappy news, however, it doesn’t detract from what an top-notch career he has had,” Henman told BBC Sport.
Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Henman, who has been friends with Murray since the Scot become a teen, become one among many former gamers and fanatics presenting their quality needs following the statement in Melbourne on Friday.
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The -time Olympic champion, who will play what could be his very last ever sport at approximately 07:00 GMT on Monday towards Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, says he is still in “serious pain” as he tries to return following surgical treatment on his proper hip a yr ago.
The operation got here after he took six months off court docket following his 2017 Wimbledon zone-very last defeat by Sam Querrey in a bid to clear up the problem.
Murray, who gained Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, says he wants to play at the All England Club this summer time before retiring but admits that won’t be feasible.
“It has been heading on this direction,” stated Henman, who was replaced as British primary by way of Murray in 2006.
“I recognize how difficult he has been working – I’ve been capable to speak to him at distinct times and I’m close to Jamie Delgado [Murray’s coach].
“With the amount of work he has installed, and we understand how professional and diligent he is, 20 months is a long term.
“And with the character of the injury, there were plenty of folks that stated this was going to take place at some level.
“He could have ticked each field to provide himself the satisfactory possibility to play ache loose at the very best stage again.
“But the fact is he won’t be able to try this. In expert tennis terms he has seen there isn’t always a fix for this hip hassle.”
As properly as adding the 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon titles to his 2012 US Open triumph, Murray completed runner-up in 8 other Grand Slam finals, gained the 2016 ATP Tour finals and guided Great Britain to the 2015 Davis Cup.
“When you have a look at the list of his achievements, there are not any greater goals you could gain in our recreation,” Henman introduced.
“His improvement, from someone who joined us on the Davis Cup as a 16-12 months-vintage, and the manner his recreation has advanced and the way he has matured physically and mentality has been the first rate to look at.
“I recognize he might be immensely proud of those achievements despite the fact that he will be upset for the time being.”
Henman, who reached 4 inside the international, additionally struggled with harm within the final stages of his career – although over a miles shorter period than Murray.
“I become very fortunate while it got here to my retirement and it actually befell in the space of six or seven weeks where I become struggling with a number of special components,” he said.
“I returned wasn’t extremely good at that level. But additionally my form, the level of play I became playing at, wasn’t in which I wanted, I wasn’t enhancing.
“And if you’re no longer enhancing, your ranking is going to move one manner and I always believed I turned into playing in tournaments to win the one’s tournaments.
“After Wimbledon in 2007, I started out on the American hard court swing and felt for the first time I turned into making up the numbers.
“I felt that wasn’t what my career turned into about and I assume Andy has stated comparable things.
“He feels he can play to a decent stage however whilst he has been contending for Grand Slam titles and number one scores he doesn’t want to be there making up the numbers.”