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

14 January, 2019, 03:01 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Goodbye to a great How Murray won the hearts of the nation

A women's final a year ago featuring two players aiming for their first Grand Slam title finished with Wozniacki holding off top-ranked Simona Halep for the title.

It happened a day after losing the Australian Open semi-final to victor Novak Djokovic, but a year later, he was back raising a fifth trophy at the tournament.

Tennis Australia and Australian Open boss, Craig Tiley, is widely tipped to take the top job if Kermode is demoted. Then there's a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the likes of Cilic and Sasha Zverev.

Late in 2017, Federer took part in Murray's charity exhibition event in Glasgow, and remembers how much the three-time grand slam champion was struggling. He's targeting retirement at Wimbledon. "This year's so long, there's so many more opportunities after this tournament to do well", he said. "It just maybe looks that way". "I've pretty much done everything that I could to try to get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads".

"As long as I'm healthy and I'm enjoying myself, I know it's going to be emotional anyway".

Murray announced yesterday that this will be his final season in tennis.

Nadal said: "Of course it's very bad news".

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".


Murray faces a first-round clash Monday against in-form Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, seeded 22, who beat Djokovic on his was to winning the Qatar Open earlier this month. I know that will be hard.

Murray said he'd spoken extensively to long-time doubles star Bob Bryan about recovering from a similar operation, but couldn't see himself recovering to be fit enough for singles and he wasn't considering transitioning to doubles.

"I don't think it is impossible, but it will be very hard", Dr. John O'Donnell said on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek radio programme, adding that the player has exhausted every avenue in an attempt to soothe his troublesome joint.

"I can play with limitations".

When praised by a reporter as being the first person ever to win two Olympic tennis gold medals, Murray drily responded, "I think Venus and Serena have won about four each". "I can't believe it's already been a year". Because of the way the last six months of competing have gone, I could win but it's likely that I won't. Wozniacki revealed at the seasonending WTA Championships that she'd been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, so she spent much of the off-season resting and recuperating and getting ready for 2019.

The Dane achieved a career milestone at Melbourne Park to claim her maiden Grand Slam past year, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.

Williams has a tough road to an eighth title, with world number one and French Open champion Simona Halep a potential quarter-final opponent followed by Osaka in the semi-finals if the seeds hold sway.

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