January 18, 2019

Andy Murray to retire as 4th-highest earner in tennis history

13 January 2019, 05:55 | Pamela Mathis

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Former World No.1 Amelie Mauresmo coached Murray from 2014-16

SIR ANDY MURRAY has said he's "very touched" by the support he has received today following his announcement that he plans to retire this year.

Murray burst into tears on Friday as he announced that this would be his last Australian Open. "We know each other since a very long, long time ago", Nadal said, before breaking into a smile. "I've pretty much done everything that I could to try to get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads".

"For me one of my biggest goals is to be more mature, like to mature as a person", the fourth seed said.

"It will be a very important loss for us, for the world of tennis, for the tour, for the fans, even for the rivals that he has been part of a great rivalry between the best players for a long time, and a great competitor".

Even after having undergone surgery, his hip injury has continued to plague him to this day, and has been a major factor in his decision to retire.

Their careers have always been intertwined.

The annual grass court championship in London is seen by most as the flagship tournament on the tennis calendar and, much like Murray, Federer sees the it as an ideal stage for him to step down when the time comes. Not only cute but more self-aware and mature than Williams was in her US Open rant at umpire Carlos Ramos, an episode when Serena was anything but serene. "Our generation, everyone is more than 30s". "When he was a kid, he was little bit a bad boy".

"It was Muzza that showed me just how entertaining tennis really could be and for that I thank him with my whole heart", wrote Kollmorgen. We are back to the top positions, fighting for things again. "That's impossible to forget".

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Murray was back on court on Saturday, practising with Grigor Dimitrov on Rod Laver Arena ahead of a first round match against Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday that could be the final act of his glittering career.

Last September the Florida-based Japanese player beat Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows, denying her childhood idol a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.

Roger Federer said Sunday he was shocked that tennis was to lose "legend" Andy Murray this year and the Scot should be "incredibly proud" of all he had achieved.

He said: "I've always been trying new things so this is nothing new in my career. It's a great experience for me to play in one of his last grand slams against him so I want to enjoy the experience".

The pair are good friends and Henman was saddened but not surprised by the news, telling the BBC: "It has been heading in this direction. I'm not certain I can play through the pain for another four or five months..."

"With the amount of work he's been doing, and we know how professional and diligent he is, 20 months is a long time". That title belongs to Novak Djokovic, who barnstormed his way through the second half of 2018, winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

"2017 (Australian Open was) a special situation".

Although Murray feels he has unfinished business in tennis, Henman believes he should have no regrets.

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