Tennis pros react to Andy Murray's heartbreaking announcement

In an emotional press conference Friday in Melbourne before the start of the 2019 Australian Open, Andy Murray fought back tears as he announced that his hip injury is forcing him into an early retirement. Murray said that he hopes to return to Wimbledon and play his final tournament there, but he isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to play through the constant pain.

"I spoke to my team and I told them I can't keep doing this. I needed to have an end point…"
-Andy Murray#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/wLEplbKXOV
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 11, 2019

“I spoke to my team and I told that I can’t keep doing this, that I needed to have an end point because (I was) just playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop,” he told the news conference Friday. “I said to my team ‘I think I can get through to Wimbledon’ … that’s where I would like to stop playing. But I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.”
Murray became the top-ranked player in the world in 2016, but his hip injury has plagued him since 2017, and he has missed four of the last five Grand Slams. Tennis legends and Murray’s colleagues posted tributes to the British star after his press conference on Friday.

.@andy_murray You are a champion on and off the court. So sorry you cannot retire on your own terms, but remember to look to the future. Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations. Much love to you & your family. https://t.co/AQUOP3LGec
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 11, 2019

Congrats @andy_murray for all your achievements all these years. It was great to play against you all these years. Good luck with everything! https://t.co/BaOsYZ5KTo
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) January 11, 2019

.@andy_murray is a great champion who I have the utmost admiration for. I’ve enjoyed following his stellar career, he is truly one of the greats of our game & a lovely bloke! Arise Sir Andy. I applaud you & wish you well in all your future endeavours.Rocket
— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) January 11, 2019

Thank you for being such an inspiration @andy_murray
Your hard work and perseverance taught me so much.
Hopefully you get to retire on our favourite court @wimbledon.
We will all be cheering for you these next few months pic.twitter.com/EyYy2z71Ii
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) January 11, 2019

If this is true, I tip my cap to @andy_murray ! Absolute legend. Short list of best tacticians in history. Unreal results in a brutal era …… Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy https://t.co/FZbwmvRC2r
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) January 11, 2019

My heart breaks listening to @andy_murray during his press conference… Hope he will make it through to Wimbledon and have the farewell he deserves . #greatguy
— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) January 11, 2019

Tennis will come to an end for us all but the friendships will last a lifetime. What you’ve done for the sport will live on forever. I’m hoping for a strong and healthy finish for you, my friend! @andy_murray pic.twitter.com/Bcs0cdllJp
— Grigor Dimitrov (@GrigorDimitrov) January 11, 2019

Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting. I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.
— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) January 11, 2019

Let’s do this #Teammurray ⁦@AustralianOpen⁩ pic.twitter.com/BGdWYOXZqS
— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) January 11, 2019

Nobody has done more for British tennis than you and it looks like nobody will for many years to come. You have been an inspiration, friend and role model to me from the get go and I thank you for everything. Hope to see you out there for as long as possible @andy_murray pic.twitter.com/xkxUXf1lOb
— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) January 11, 2019

https://t.co/iakIS37xVj
— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) January 11, 2019

The @andy_murray that I know will absolutely make it to Wimbledon to play his final tournament. Not many with more heart, effort in the history of the game. Was always a pleasure to share the court pal.
— Mardy Fish (@MardyFish) January 11, 2019

I am saddened by this news, @andy_murray. You are a true champion and a great sportsman. https://t.co/1k365k1oUf
— Roberta Vinci (@roberta_vinci) January 11, 2019

Just heard about @andymurray press conference and my heart breaks to hear that.Truly inspiration for everyone,role model for boys and girls,fighter in every aspects,who was always standing in our corner.Really hope he will make it through to Wimbledon.Keep strong Andy.
— Elena Vesnina (@EVesnina001) January 11, 2019

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