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Who Said What: Tennis world reacts to Andy Murray's retirement plans

Rajdeep Singh
ANALYST
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182   //    11 Jan 2019, 11:24 IST

A teary-eyed Andy Murray during his press conference
A teary-eyed Andy Murray during his press conference

In case you missed it, former world no. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray, opened up about his plans to retire this year in an emotional press conference ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

While his initial plan was to play till Wimbledon, he feels that the Australian Open itself might be his last tournament on tour.

"Not feeling good. Been struggling for a long time... I'm not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months," he said during his press conference.

"Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads... I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament."

Murray played a practise match along with Novak Djokovic yesterday but was forced to stop mid-way, while trailing 1-6, 1-4.

"I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training.

"Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that," said Murray.

Murray missed the majority of 2018 due to injury. He played just 12 matches throughout the year as he underwent hip surgery at the beginning of the year. However, he has not been able to come back to his best since then. His world ranking also took a major hit as he is currently ranked 230 in the world.

The Scot will take on Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the tournament. He has reached the final of the Australian Open on five occasions but has never managed to win it. He is a two-time winner at the Wimbledon Championships and has won the US Open once as well. He achieved the world no. 1 ranking in 2016.

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Here is how the tennis fraternity reacted to his press conference:


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