Murray will be a big loss - Nadal pays tribute to retiring great

Elena Summers
January 14, 2019

While Murray said in a raw and emotional press conference last week that he planned to go out after one final Wimbledon campaign the surgeon who operated on his hip previous year thinks it will be hard for him to make it that far. On Friday, an emotional Murray stated his intention to retire from tennis at his home tournament later this summer.

Speaking at the conference, he said: "Obviously I've been struggling for a long time, and I've been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now".

It would appear that injuries have finally caught up to the two-time Wimbledon champion and his glittering 13-year long career has reached the final stretch.

"I think the reason she still plays is because she is the favourite and she can still win the big titles, she wants to win the big Grand Slams and break the records", McEnroe told Eurosport. 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.

She only started her competitive 2019 campaign this week, losing her opener to Ashleigh Barty in Sydney, and faces another tough first-round match in Melbourne against Kaia Kanepi. "So I've just got to fight for that good level from the get go here in the beginning". "That won't happen now".

Roger Federer pondered the "luck" of his longevity.

It was a practice match against Djokovic on Thursday that laid bare the seriousness of Murray's continued struggles. I think to that extent, we are kind of similar.

Spanish professional tennis player, Rafael Nadal. His birthday is one week before mine. "It's not easy to win Grand Slams, it's probably easier today than when we were playing", she told the BBC past year.

Second seed Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion, has an opening match against Slovakia's Polona Hercog, while Petra Kvitova, fresh from winning the Sydney International on Saturday, plays Magdalena Rybarikova.

"I hope it doesn't end with an injury", Federer said to of his own career.

Murray's hip problem first flared up at the French Open in 2017, with the Scot going under the knife the following January. Getting through the first round will be a major achievement in 2019 for the former No. 1-ranked Murray, who has slumped to No. 230 after playing just 12 matches previous year following surgery on his right hip in January. I always said you can have great careers, you can have great careers side by side.

"Last year I also came in not expecting to defend again". But it was for a good cause. At some point when you feel like you're never going to get back to 100 per cent, you've had the success that Andy has had, you can only understand the decision.

"I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament", he said.

Although Murray has spoken with psychologists, he's admitted that little has helped. I am happy with it. It was the most demanding, engrossing and palpitating event I have seen in sport - and I wasn't even there. It's going to be uncomfortable. "That's the part I don't like - all our careers must have an end", said Djokovic.

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