Murray Retirement: What the Players are Saying

The 31 year old Scot has come out saying that he plans to retire after the Wimbledon Championships in July, however he is unsure if he will be able to carry on until then. This Australian Open could very well be his last tournament. In his press conference on Friday, the former world number 1 was visibly upset and in tears as he spoke.

“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.”

In 2017, he took a break after Wimbledon to start his recovery on his hip. After having surgery on his hip in January, Murray played only 14 matches in 2018 from June to September, ending his season early to work more on his rehabilitation. At one point, he was ranked over 800 in the ATP rankings.

Although criticised for what many people would call a grumpy personality, there has been an overflowing amount of support for Andy from players on the tour, explaining how much he will be missed;

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Andy, I know you take me for a joker most of the time, but at least hear me out on this one old friend. You will always be someone that impacted the sport in so many different ways, I know this was never the way you wanted to go out, but hey it was a heck of a ride. You took me under your wing as soon as I got on tour, and to this day you have been someone I literally just look forward to seeing. You are one crazy tennis player, miles better than me, but I just want you to know that today isn’t only a sad day for you and your team, it’s a sad day for the sport and for everyone you’ve had an impact on. Which leaves me big fella.. these are a couple photos, that should make you smile and think, I was actually a little bit of a younger brother to you. Anyways, I just want you to know, and I’m sure you already do, everyone wants you to keep fighting and to keep being you. Goodluck at the Australian Open muzz, I’ll be behind you. #onelastdance 🙌🏽🙏🏽

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