Andy Murray retires: Hibs pay tribute to ‘inspirational’ tennis star

Goodbye to a great How Murray won the hearts of the nation

Goodbye to a great How Murray won the hearts of the nation

Scottish rugby legend David Sole said the fact that Murray had been so successful during an era packed with so many tennis greats such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic made his achievements all that more significant.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray faces Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut not before 07:00 GMT. The three-time Grand Slam victor said he hopes to retire after the Wimbledon tournament in July, but could step away from the sport by the end of this month's Australian Open, depending on his health. "But he's 31 - 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career", Nadal said. I didn't compete with this new serve, so let's see how it works.

The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the 2019 tennis season, kicks off Sunday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN 2).

Aside from three matches and three wins in Perth at the Hopman Cup, where Williams' toughest opponent had been world No.49 Belinda Bencic, the 37-year-old has kept a low profile since her dramatic capitulation in NY. "Maybe also the way I play tennis, maybe it's smoother than the other guys", said Federer, renowned for his flowing movement around the court.

"I have good feelings in terms of the surgery".

"That's the hard thing about it". Look, lots of things have been weird. "I don't think it is impossible, but it will be very hard". He lost to him again in Shenzhen - and that was it for 2018 - 12 matches, seven defeats and nothing to show for it but a seemingly ineradicable limp and dwindling hopes after 15 years as a professional.

Halep goes into the tournament as world No 1 and last year's beaten finalist but the Romanian is also on a five-match losing streak, including a first-round loss to big-hitting Estonian Kanepi at the US Open.

"I am happy with the motivation to do something new".

Norrie comes into the tournament having reached his first ATP final in Auckland last week, although he lost to American Tennys Sandgren in straight sets.

"My only goal is always to have been to keep going", he said.

"The way I've been going with my fitness and continuing to get that better, I'm pleased about. I'm just taking it as a nice, fun challenge", she said with Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck her first opponent.

"And I will continue to hope that the powers that be will find a way to capitalise on his success to create a lasting tennis legacy in Scotland and help to make us a fitter, healthier and more ambitious nation".

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".

"It was important for me just to leave the racquet behind for a while". Thinking about what I do when I finish playing and rushing into decisions - from speaking to psychologists - is the worst thing I should be doing.

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