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14 January, 2019, 06:44 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Andy Murray Says Australian Open Could Be Last Tournament

Court, now 76, won 24 singles Grand Slams from 1960-73 - 11 Australian Opens, five French Opens, three Wimbledons and five US Opens.

Federer, meanwhile, needs just one more title to reach the magic mark of 100 career titles, something only Jimmy Connors, with 109, has managed.

Current and former players have led the tributes to the double Olympic gold medallist, with 20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer among those to hail his impact on the sport. 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.

He has never got beyond the third round in Melbourne and faces Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene in his opener on Tuesday. Then there's a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the likes of Cilic and Sasha Zverev.

Holding back tears, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray announced his retirement from tennis at a news conference Thursday. He's targeting retirement at Wimbledon, if he can go that far.

One of the so-called Big Four, along with Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, who have dominated the game for years, Murray's ranking has slumped to 230.

There's a crop of other players coming through, including No. 4-ranked Sasha Zverev, but much of the attention in the first the couple of days at Melbourne Park will be on Nadal, Murray and Djokovic - who went through juniors together - and Federer. "It just maybe looks that way. I've tried everything I could to get it right and that hasn't worked".

Of course, I've seen Andy struggling you know with his hip and with his fitness for quite some time now. But he's 31. 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career.




The 31-year-old's 2012 triumph at the US Open made him the first British male to claim a major title since 1936 victor Fred Perry, who was celebrated with a statue at the All England Club in 1984.

"It's a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved". Spaniard Bautista Agut, in form and one of the biggest grinders on tour, offers a formidable challenge.

"I know what Denis did to Novak". He can play well in fast courts.

Andy Murray's hip surgeon has revealed it will be very hard for the Briton to continue playing until Wimbledon.

"He has also been blessed with two daughters and I think he's grown up with a really strong female role model with his mum and now his wife is also a strong character so he is surrounded by great, strong women. That's always a good thought". "I've been thinking about it, like where is that place?"

"I know he has inspired so many - young and old - to both watch and play tennis". He successfully defended the title previous year, his 20th major. "It doesn't feel like it to me".

Serena Williams was unable to defend her title here previous year because she was taking time out after having a baby, and finished the season with back-to-back runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the USA open.

Osaka was the eighth different victor of the women's title in the last eight slams but it would be a surprise if she did not achieve more success very soon.

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