Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Wimbledon plan to build statue in honour of Andy Murray

Wimbledon plan to build statue in honour of Andy Murray

For now, he's only committing to the Australian Open.

Federer's main rival Murray has made plans to retire after Wimbledon this summer with injury's forcing him not to play in many matches throughout the past year.

"I know he has inspired so many - young and old - to both watch and play tennis". "But also, it's not just that".

A tearful Andy revealed on Friday that the pain in his hip has become too much to bear and the Australian Open could be his final tournament.

"Realistically I don't think there is anywhere else to go to preserve his hip and get it better so he can continue to play".

Andrew, a former United Kingdom number 1, asked Mr Maclagan whether he expected the announcement from Mr Murray: "I thought he might get through this year, but clearly it's a lot worse than I thought".

He was 35 and coming off a long injury layoff when he revived his career with an Australian Open title in 2017. 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 a year ago following surgery on his right hip in January.

Djokovic did not even appear to be playing quite at full tilt despite losing only two games, but he insisted he was not taking it easy.

BBC presenter John Inverdale was accused of sexism after he congratulated Murray on becoming the "first person" to win two Olympic tennis golds, following his victory at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic added their tributes to the outpouring of support for Andy Murray as the Scot gears up for what could be his final professional tennis match.

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It's no accident that I've written first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936.

Current world No. 2 Rafael Nadal congratulated him on his incredible career. 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.

"If I wanted it that way, I could've maybe said it after the Australian Open [in 2017] when I beat Rafa [Rafael Nadal] in that epic final".

"I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four of five months". Wozniacki begins her tournament on Monday against Alison van Uytvanck of Belgium, ranked 51st in the world, a player she described as "tricky" and aggressive. That felt great. I just really just listened to my body, just saw how everything was going.

Commentator Darren Cahill praised his contribution to the sport, as did fellow playerGrigor Dimitrov.

Murray said he had an option of another operation on his troublesome hip, but it was more about his quality of life after hanging up his racquet.

"I know how not well he was", said the Swiss.

"That's something I'm seriously considering right now", he said.

"After surgery, after months without competing, having trouble practising, of course there are always issues when you come back. So it will be interesting to see what's going to happen", he said.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 13, 2019.

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