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Wimbledon plan to build statue in honour of Andy Murray

Andy Murray Says Australian Open Could Be Last Tournament Tributes pour in as tennis legend Andy Murray says he is about to retire
Rita Gibson | 14 January, 2019, 04:03

"The past couple of years have not been fantastic for me, I've scraped around and it is not good enough", Watson, now ranked 108th, said. "But also, it's not just that".

"I think she came back to a very, very high level of fitness". So now I have just to put my head down and to go and work.

Both players start their Australian Open campaigns on Monday.

And 14-time major victor Djokovic hailed Murray in an Instagram post on the eve of the Australian Open in Melbourne. The three-time Grand Slam champion announced during an emotional pre-Australian Open press conference that he is planning to retire at Wimbledon.

He opened this season last week at the Brisbane International, where he won his opening match against James Duckworth but lost in the second round to Daniil Medvedev, showing visible signs of limping between points and struggling to move freely around court.

BBC presenter John Inverdale was accused of sexism after he congratulated Murray on becoming the "first person" to win two Olympic tennis golds, following his victory at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

As the tennis world continued to digest the prospect of Andy Murray's retirement, an evergreen Roger Federer pondered the "luck" of his longevity on Sunday ahead of his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles.

Murray has twice won the Wimbledon tournament, including a 2013 title that marked the first time a British man had won the event since 1936. "You can always focus on the negatives", Djokovic replied.

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Current world No. 2 Rafael Nadal congratulated him on his incredible career. Despite beating Agut in their three previous matches, Murray does not expect to win. He told newspaper reporters: 'I know I've got no chance of winning this tournament and most likely I'm going to lose in the first round. I think I added on top of it.

"I can't believe it's already been a year".

The former world No.1 will hang up his racket this year due to an ongoing hip problem.

"Anyone who has seen Andy around the courts and the ground, will know even walking is painful, clearly that hip is giving him a lot of pain". Please don't stop trying.

Commentator Darren Cahill praised his contribution to the sport, as did fellow playerGrigor Dimitrov. "You are one insane 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". Murray has been offered another, more severe, operation that would ease his pain and improve his quality of life, however, Murray insists that this would not be an attempt to save his career. "That's something that I'm seriously considering right now". As an athlete, that's probably the biggest obstacle and enemy that you can have: an injury.

He earmarked this summer's Wimbledon Championship, which begins on July 1, as an ideal setting to step away from the sport but admitted that the pain he is experiencing in his hip may well dash those plans - and apparently this is an opinion shared by the surgeon who oversaw the operation on his right hip.

"You are a champion on and off the court", she wrote on Twitter.

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