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Players react to Andy Murray's retirement announcement

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 13 Jan 2019
  • Andy Murray announced his retirement plans in a shock press conference in Melbourne ahead of the 2019 Australian Open
  • Players have taken to social media to pay their respects to the former World No. 1 and three-time major champion
Andy Murray (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Tributes have flooded in over the last couple of days after former World No. 1 Andy Murray announced his retirement from tennis on Friday.

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Murray indicated that the Australian Open could be his final tournament as he continues to battle pain in his surgically repaired hip, but the Scot said he is hoping to fight on until Wimbledon and retire in front of his home fans at the major tournament he won twice.

“I spoke to my team and I told that I can’t keep doing this, that I needed to have an end point because (I was) just playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop,” an emotional Murray told reporters on Friday. “I said to my team ‘I think I can get through to Wimbledon’ … that’s where I would like to stop playing. But I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.”

Players past and present, both male and female, have taken to social media to pay tribute to Murray, who is regarded as one of the most genuine, down-to-earth and likeable players on tour.

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Check out some of the best below:

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Tarbes, France 2001, “Les Petite As” First time we met and played. Something was telling me back then that we’d have an amazing rivalry and experience of playing each other on the biggest stage for many years to come. What you are trying to do is nothing short of brave and inspiring. I met with you the other day and couldn’t really verbalize my compassion for what you’re going through. As an athlete, fellow tennis player and friend, I respect and fully support you every second of this Australian Open and every next attempt to compete at the highest level. Whatever happens, I will always cherish our amazing matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences 🙏 Big hug Andy, stay strong. @andymurray

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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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Players were also asked in their own pre-tournament press conferences about Murray retiring:

Caroline Wozniacki: "I'm sad on behalf of Andy because Andy is so fun for me to watch. I think he's entertaining. He's such a great athlete. He stood up for us, too. I really appreciate what he's done for women's tennis."

Alexander Zverev: "The media always kind of puts him as a boring guy who doesn't give interviews well or something like that. No, he's actually one of the funniest and coolest dudes out there."

Rafael Nadal: "At the end of the day you appreciate a lot your rivals because we shared a lot of important moments in our life. We shared courts in the most important stadiums in the world competing for the most important things, that's impossible to forget."

Kei Nishikori: "I'm very sad…very sad honestly. I played many times, and I learn many things from him. Yeah, he has many good talent. He was the top four playing long time."

Sam Stosur: "He's been a fantastic player, champion. I mean, he's been a massive advocate for women's tennis and women's sport in general. I know in the locker room whenever we hear him kinda stick up for us, we're like, 'Yeah, go Andy!"

Murray himself took to Instagram later to acknowledge all of the support, posting a photo with his mum Judy.

Murray will face 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round of the Australian Open on Monday January 14 on Melbourne Arena at 6.00pm local time/7.00am GMT.

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Players react to Andy Murray's retirement announcement

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