The growing pains of Andy Murray have lasted for most of his career

Since he was diagnosed with a split kneecap at 16 Britain’s leading player has had his battles off the court

Andy Murray is in pain. That his right hip has been causing him profound physical discomfort for some time is no secret. In 2018, the 31-year-old patched himself up for 12 matches, winning five.

But what became clear on Friday, during a press conference in advance of the Australian Open, is the emotional torment Murray has been enduring. “I’ve been in a lot of pain for probably 20 months now,” he said, his voice cracking. “I’ve pretty much done everything I could to get my hip feeling better. It hasn’t helped loads.” He pretty well conceded defeat for his first-round match on Monday against the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, a player to whom he has never previously surrendered a set.

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