The 31-year-old Scottish, who has just joined the Brisbane tournament, made the announcement in Melbourne on Friday 11 January, three days before the start of the Australian Open.
The pain has become too strong, Andy Murray no longer has the strength to continue fighting to play tennis. It is tearful that the Scottish tennis player announced at a press conference in Australia that he would interrupt his professional career this year, with a desire to finish at the Wimbledon tournament won twice. " But I'm not sure I can do it, he confessed the English, shooting. I think it's possible that the Australian Open is my last tournament. "
Andy Murray will retire at the age of 31. The pain in the hip is too strong. Not being able to choose when everything stops is terrible. If he holds, Wimbledon will be very special 😪pic.twitter.com/tc2iG11v2C
– Mary Patrux (@MaryPatrux) 11 January 2019
Five days ago, the Scotsman still had fun on Instagram, as he usually does, posting a photo of him at the Australian Open Cup, where he lost five times in the final: "Never been so close to this # 5timeloser trophy." It was also the last competition he had played before his recovery.
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The former Grand Slam champion number one and three times in the world, he retired from the Australian Open 2018 for hip surgery and returned to court only in June. at the Queen's tournament in London. " I did almost everything I could to try and improve the hip and it did not help much, granted Andy Murray. "The pain is really bad, I do not want to keep playing like that."
The announcement of the Scots has moved the world of tennis, which pushes him to continue the tournament in London. "Andy, I just saw your press conference, please do not stop trying, replied on Twitter Juan Martin del Potro, an Argentinian tennis player who has not been spared even by an injury. Keep fighting. I hope you can pass this test. You deserve to withdraw as you wish, whatever happens. We love you Andy Murray and we want to see you happy. "
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Also another player on the circuit, the Australian Nick Kirgios, reacted on his Instagram account: "I know it's not the way you wanted to end your career, but it was really fun. (…) You're an incredible tennis player, a thousand times better than me, and I want you to know that today is not just a day sad for you and your team, it is sad for the sport, and for all those you have marked. (…) Good luck for the Australian Open, I will be behind you. "
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Andy, I know you'll be a joker most of the time, but at least listen to me with this old friend. You will always be able to make a difference in your life, I know it was never your way to go, but it was a real ride. You took me under your wing as soon as I could turn around, and up until now you've been someone I literally do not see now. You're a crazy tennis player, better miles than me, but I just want to know that you're one day it. Which leaves me big … These are a couple of pictures, which should make you smile and think, actually I was a little younger than you. Anyway, I just want you to know, and I'm sure you already do it, Goodluck at the end of the Australian Open, I'll be behind you. #onelastdance 🙌🏽🙏🏽
Even the tennis school created by Rafael Nadal regrets this announcement. "You do not know how much we'll miss you. You're an example of a great athlete and a great person."
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The US Open account, a tournament won in 2012 by the tennis player, has published a video to pay tribute to the career of the Scotsman.
What a ride it was …
– US Open Tennis (@usopen) 11 January 2019
the& # 39;Australian Open also hopes not to be the final tournament of Andy Murray and wishes him, like everyone else, to finish his career at Wimbledon, on his ground. It will be the beginning of the end of the reign of the fantastic 4: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.