Sir Andy Murray is stepping away from the world of tennis.
The former world No. 1 announced on Friday that he would be retiring at Wimbledon this summer, if not sooner.
The Brit has been plagued by a hip injury for nearly two years and, in an emotional press conference, he admitted that the constant pain was becoming too much.
Tributes have poured in from tennis stars past and present who praised Murray for his ability on-court, his regimented devotion off it, and his voice for gender equality.
The most touching tribute of all came from tennis ‘bad boy’ Nick Kyrgios who struck up an unlikely friendship with Murray, who he said is like an older brother to him.
“I’ve been struggling for a long time,” Sir Andy Murray said in a press in Melbourne, Australia on Friday.
“I’ve been in a lot of pain for… it’s been about 20 months now.”
Thus began Murray’s tearful resignation from the world of tennis, where he has been on the podium of giants like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, for much of the past decade.
The former world No. 1 announced that this year’s Australian Open may be the last tournament of his career as he continues to suffer with a hip injury that has plagued him for nearly two years.
Murray said he would like to end his career in the place where he put a stop to a 76-year Grand Slam drought for British men’s singles players — at Wimbledon — though, he’s not sure it will be possible.
“I said to my team I can get through this until Wimbledon, that’s where I would like to stop playing. But I’m also not certain that I’m able to do that,” Murray said.
The announcement was an emotional one, and one that has rocked the world of tennis. Unsurprisingly, tributes have poured in from players past and present and those in the media who had the chance to follow Murray on tour.
Perhaps the most touching tribute of all came from tennis “bad boy” Nick Kyrgios who has often made headlines for his fiery temper and lack of discipline.
In an Instagram reel filled with photos of the pair, Kyrgios captioned the post: “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 …read more
Source:: Business Insider