When is Andy Murray's last match? Former world No.1 nears retirement date

The illustrious tennis career of Andy Murray is coming to an end.

The former world No.1 announced ahead of the Australian Open in January that he was calling time on his time on the courts.

He has battled for years to try and keep a recurring hip injury at bay, but has ultimately failed and announced in a tearful press conference that he will be walking away from the sport in the near future.

Murray’s career has seen him stand toe-to-toe with three of the best players of all-time – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – and claim three Grand Slam titles in that era.

He even beat them to the top spot in the world rankings for a sustained period.

But when will his final match be? This is what we know so far?

Murray is calling time on his tennis career
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When will Murray’s last match be?

Murray has not officially confirmed his retirement date.

However, it is believed that he wants to make Wimbledon in the summer of 2019 to have one final swansong in front of a home crowd.

There is a chance that Murray might not even make the All England Club, however, as he continues to battle the pain barrier.

Murray has not yet announced his next appearance on court after the Australian Open – and will continue to assess his own fitness.

Why is Murray retiring?

Murray announced ahead of the 2019 Australian Open that he was calling time on his career due to injury problems.

The Scotsman barely played in 2018 but was hoping to be back to full fitness for another year.

However, he pulled out of a practice match against Novak Djokovic early ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year because of his injuries.

And then next day, he called a press conference to reveal the news he did not want to deliver.

Murray has twice been a Wimbledon champion
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What did Murray say about his retirement?

Speaking in his January press conference, Murray said: “I have been struggling for a long time.

“I have been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now.

“I can’t put my shoes or socks on without any pain.

“I spoke to my team in December – and I said I can’t keep doing this. I needed to have an end point. Playing with no end to where the pain would stop.”

Asked if the Australian Open could be his final event, he said: “For sure. I am not sure I can carry on like this for another four or five months.

“I said to my team I can get through this till Wimbledon. This is where I would like to stop playing. I am also not certain I am able to do that.”

He added: “I have done everything I could to get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t. I am in a better position than I was six months ago but I am still in a lot of pain. It has been tough.”