Andy Murray retirement: Tennis star thanks his mother Judy after 'tough day'

British tennis legend Andy Murray has thanked his mother Judy for her support following an emotional announcement on his impending retirement from the sport.

The tennis star broke down in tears on Friday when he announced that Wimbledon would be his last tournament if he was able to make it through the Australian Open.

Murray, who has been struggling with a hip injury for about 20 months, shared a touching photograph of himself with his mother and said the “best way to feel better after a tough day is a big cuddle from your mum."

He added that he was "genuinely touched" by all the support he had received from fans after he was overcome with emotion when he announced his impending retirement in Melbourne.

"Best way to feel better after a tough day is a big cuddle from your mum," he said. "Genuinely been very touched by all of the messages and support from everybody today...

Tearful Andy Murray says Australian Open could be his final tournament

"It means a lot and has made me feel much more positive than when I woke this morning. Thank you so much."

Mr Murray admitted he may not even make it past next week’s Australian Open, but is hoping to finish his career on home turf.

The two-time Wimbledon champion is hoping to finish his career on home turf (PA)

The 31-year-old said his first-round match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday may prove to be his final match.

The Scottish star 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.

There was an outpouring of support for Mr Murray in the comments of the picture, with fans calling him a "legend."

Love Islander Josh Denzel said: "Fantastic team. Wishing you all the best."

The star is the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles tournament since 1936 (Getty Images)

Graeme Tomlinson, known as The Fitness Chef, added: "You’ve given so many something passionate to believe in over the years.

"I will be eternally grateful for the influence you’ve had on my life, for giving me courage and for unknowingly giving me some of the greatest moments.

"You’ve left your iconic mark on the sporting world ad on millions of ordinary lives."