Andy Murray retirement: analysis of tennis champion's raw announcement

The pain is too much- Murray on brink of retiring

Novak Djokovic lauded the bravery of Andy Murray as he expressed compassion for the three-time grand slam champion following his retirement revelation.

They had a practice match together in Melbourne Park on the eve of Murray's teary news conference Friday, where he revealed the pain from his surgically-repaired right hip was so bad that he'd made a decision to retire after attempting one more run at Wimbledon - if he can make it that far.

Murray burst into tears on Friday as he announced that this would be his last Australian Open.

"I hope it doesn't end with an injury", Federer said to of his own career. "I try just to improve more in my game and see how good I can be in the future". "Been in a lot of pain for 20 months now".

"I wasn't, no. To be honest, I wasn't, " top-ranked Djokovic said. But I'm also not certain I'm able to do that'.

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"I'm playing good tennis". Now I can say I'm a real number one. "It would be nice to do them without any pain". "Everyone at Hibernian Football Club is rooting for him".

Few people would have put money on Murray being the first of the "big four" of tennis to retire, and his imminent exit is a stark reminder that this golden generation can not go on forever.

The youngster met Sir Andy when he returned to his old school for a visit, and he said the Wimbledon champion was "quite laid back" and told the pupils he hoped some of them would follow in his footsteps. We played lots of epic matches in the professional circuit.

But amid all the tributes for his on-court achievements, which included three Grand Slam titles, Davis Cup glory and two Olympic gold medals, it was clear that Murray had a genuinely profound effect for what he did and who he was off the court.

On the long fight for pay equality in tennis Murray has been out front saying, "Women should have equal pay, 100 per cent...."

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"I think it's possible for Serena to equal me, if anybody's gonna do it, it's Serena, but I don't think there's a clear-cut favourite", Court told Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper Sunday. "The crowds are coming to watch the women as well". "For me, it's just all the time making sure I get good massaging, good treatments, ice baths, stretching, do everything even more thoroughly than maybe in the past".

But perhaps the place where Murray's deeds matched his words most sharply was his hiring of former pro Amelie Mauresmo as a coach.

"It is a tough draw to play Tomas who was a consistent top-10 player", Edmund said. "I've always been focused on tactics and winning and finding a way". I had a couple of (times) of this. It wasn't right.... Have I become a feminist?

"But then again, I think I'm playing well".

"I have to be ready for a hard match in these conditions, and well, I'll try to be very concentrate". "It's quite unbelievable how few female coaches there are across any sport". In the first round here she takes on one of the most stylish players in the draw in fellow American Taylor Townsend.

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