Andy Murray announced on Friday that he intends to retire after Wimbledon 2019, but also that the Australian Open could possibly be his last tournament ever. It was an emotional press conference and the news came as a shock to all the tennis fans around the world.
Murray had been suffering from a hip injury since the latter part of the 2017 season, and had undergone an operation in 2018 which had limited his tennis action that year. "The pain is too much, I need to think about the quality of my life. I need to have an endpoint because I am playing with no idea of when the pain will stop," an emotional Murray said in his press conference.
As the tennis world prepares to bid adieu to one of the greats of the game, let's have a look at the top 5 moments in his career:
#5 Davis Cup final win vs Belgium
In the 2015 Davis Cup final Great Britain defeated Belgium to win their 10th title. And Murray played a crucial part in the process; his role will likely never be forgotten.
Belgium were drawn as the home team and they opted for the match to be played on a clay court to unsettle Murray. Kyle Edmund lost the opener against David Goffin, a match in which he had a 2-0 lead.
Murray leveled the scores in the second match by defeating Rubens Bemelmans in straight sets. Belgium then gambled by playing Goffin in doubles in a bid to go ahead and then win the match in which Murray wasn't playing. But the tactics failed and Great Britain rushed to a 2-1 lead in the tie.
In the fourth match Goffin and Murray then went head to head, but Murray won in 3 sets with a fantastic lob shot on match point to seal the victory for his team.