Andy Murray was the greatest tennis player Britain ever produced and without doubt he is part of the Fab 4 alongside Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.
Andy has revealed that he will be retiring from tennis, unfortunately not on his own terms. Andy has been through a lot physically especially the last year when he underwent hip surgery after pulling out of the 2018 Australian Open.
The injury plagued him for a long time and there was no improvement after all the non-surgical treatment that he tried. The knife was the last option. He attempted to return by playing Queen’s and Eastbourne on the softer grass surface and felt optimistic. Next, he played a couple of events on the US hardcourt circuit, but he was struggling.
Recently he said he could not get back to 100% and he was still suffering. His surgeon also said that there was nothing more that could be done, and Andy would never be 100%.
Fighting back tears which resulted in him leaving the room at the Australian Open this week to compose himself, Andy returned to make the announcement when asked how he was feeling. He replied: “Not great.”
“Not feeling good,” he said. “Been struggling for a long time…I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months. I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training.”
He was hoping to be able to play his final tournament at his beloved Wimbledon – on that hallowed Centre Court where he won the title twice and the Olympic gold medal, but he sadly believes the Australian Open could be his final tournament.
A winner of 45 career titles which also included the US Open, he was world No.1 and five times reached the Australian Open final. And he led Great Britain to Davis Cup glory.
He gave everything he had when he walked on the tennis court and the highest respect for him could never be denied.
He will be missed by everyone at the Rolex Shanghai Masters where he won the title three times in 2010, 2011 and 2016 and was a finalist in 2012. The only player in the event’s history to reach the final three consecutive years.
“Andy was a pleasure to deal with and he has been a remarkable tennis player,” Tournament Director Michael Luevano said. “I personally loved his humour and wit and he was the true definition of British gentleman.
“His work ethic and his on-court skills were tremendous, he is incredibly respected, and he will be missed by the game. All of us at the Rolex Shanghai Masters wish him the very best in the future and sincerely hope his dream of retiring at Wimbledon comes true.”