Tennis pros react to Andy Murray's heartbreaking announcement

Tennis pros react to Andy Murray's heartbreaking announcement

Tennis pros react to Andy Murray's heartbreaking announcement

Roger Federer has said he was sad and shocked to learn of Andy Murray's retirement plans. "I watched basically the entire game a couple years ago", Federer said.

And Federer added: "It hit me hard".

"For me one of my biggest goals is to be more mature, like to mature as a person", the fourth seed said. Thank you so much'.

Andy Murray said yesterday that he may retire after the Australian Open tournament, with the pain of his right hip having become nearly unbearable.

Nadal is slated to play his first match of the 2019 Australian Open against James Duckworth of Australia on January 13.

"It's going to take time for me to deal with it". I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months'.

"As long as I'm healthy and I'm enjoying myself, I know it's going to be emotional anyway".

"Everybody knows when Andy goes on court he gives 100%". I can still play to a level.

"But nothing new for me". But it's not just that.

"But then again, I think I'm playing well. This year's so long, there's so many more opportunities after this tournament to do well", he said.

He added: 'During my training block (in Miami last month) I spoke to my team and told them I can't keep doing this.

"And then maybe that day that it happens, maybe that is the end, or maybe I say I can maybe get a few more tournaments left in me, I don't know". That's where I'd like to stop playing.

For me, I've got Novak facing off against Kei in the quarterfinal, and - given his track record against the Japanese player (15-2 over the years) - I've got Novak advancing through to the semis.

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"Tennis is better with you", tweeted current world No. 6 Kevin Anderson. "He's a great champion".

"You want somebody to go there and feel like he's happy to retire".

She continued: "Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations", said former world No. 1 tennis player Billie Jean King. "Much love to you & your family".

He's also the only tennis player, male or female, ever to win two Olympic tennis singles titles. Are you a fan of Federer?

"It's just a matter of time when we will see some of them competing in the last stages of Grand Slams", said Djokovic.

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Murray understandably doesn't talk much about it in interviews, saying that he was too young to fully understand what was happening at the time.

Andy Murray's career will be recognised with a statue at Wimbledon.

"I've been thinking about it, like where is that place?"

As well as his glittering tennis career, he was also hailed by Labour MP Jess Phillips for being a "normal bloke, and best of all casual feminist". "It's quite incredible how few female coaches there are across any sport". I won a grand slam finally. He's been the ideal mentor to Fraser Murray and Ryan Porteous.

I hope he makes it to Wimbledon, he deserves to exit the game on his terms.

Murray announced yesterday that this will be his final season in tennis.

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