MELBOURNE: Britain’s double Wimbledon and Olympic¬† champion Andy Murray has announced his intention to retire from tennis this year because of recurrent hip trouble.

Murray, 31, has battled to recover from a chronic hip condition for more than 18 months, and had surgery on his right hip last January before returning to tennis in June.

In Melbourne he said he hoped to step out at Wimbledon but that the imminent Australian Open might be his last event because¬† “I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months.”

But he intended to play his Australian Open first-round match against Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week.

The former world number one had surgery on his right hip last January and has played 14 matches since returning to the sport last June.

In his news conference – during which he left the room to compose himself before returning – Murray said: “I’m not feeling good, I’ve been struggling for a long time.

“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done everything I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads.

“I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but I’m still in a lot of pain. I can still play to a level, but not a level I have played at.”