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Stay strong! - Djokovic hails 'brave' Murray as retirement looms

14 January 2019
Stay strong! - Djokovic hails 'brave' Murray as retirement looms

He then choked back tears and broke down as he revealed that he hoped to end his storied career at Wimbledon, but the Australian Open beginning on Monday could be his last event because the constant pain was so bad. "I said to my team "I think I can get through to Wimbledon" ... that's where I would like to stop - stop playing".

Murray, 31, announced on Friday that he meant to quit tennis after Wimbledon but also said that injury may prevent him from playing beyond this month's Australian Open.

But Dr John O'Donnell, who operated on the Scot's troublesome right hip, said: "I don't think it is impossible, but it will be very hard". "I think it's a positive to be here as the defending champion".

"Of course, it hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well", the world number three said of the three-time Grand Slam champion and double Olympic gold medal victor.

"We've seen so many years of Andy Murray being one of the fittest guys on the tour, running around the court, getting always an extra ball back".

"If you look at how unlucky things were with the incident here a few years ago when I ran the bath, I guess the knee, that part of the body was ready to go. That won't happen now".

The three-time Grand Slam champion is scheduled to open against No. 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut at Melbourne Park, where the season-opening major begins Monday.

Top Australian coach Darren Cahill, who until recently was working with world number one Simona Halep, said he would be stunned if Kermode was removed. I am happy with it.

Murray's support for women and the women's game was also appreciated by British No 1 Konta, who said: "There have been so many examples of when he has stood up for us - not just for women's tennis but women in general. Andy's earned everything he's ever achieved, is a hero to millions of Scots and we're all behind him".

"Our trajectory to the professional tennis world was pretty much similar". "Les Petite As". First time we met and played.

Believe me, it's not easy.

Williams' first-round clash with Tatjana Maria on Tuesday will be her first competitive match since the US Open final, lost dramatically and farcically to Naomi Osaka.

"The one thing Stefan Edberg said is don't announce it at the beginning of the season, it is not the thing to do so I will not do that".

Murray's career is expected to be finished in a matter of months.

The quality may not be the best, but it will be fascinating to see Murray push through the pain in a final bid to get a win at a tournament he's been a runner-up at on five occsions. It's going to be uncomfortable. "I was at my cottage in Fife with my wife and I couldn't even watch the last set on TV". At 31, top-ranked Djokovic is at Melbourne Park also trying to win a seventh Australian title.

"But being honest, when somebody like him, that he achieved nearly everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he's doing for such a long time already. probably he does the right thing for his mental health".