Andy Murray retirement: analysis of tennis champion's raw announcement

Andy Murray struggled throughout his practice match against Novak Djokovic

"But being honest, when somebody like him, that he achieved nearly everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he's done for such a long time already, and you feel that you are not competitive for the thing that really makes you wake up every morning and go on court with the passion to practice, to improve, and with a goal, then it's so hard, no?"

French Open victor Halep and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka collected their first major titles past year, and Kerber won at Wimbledon to capture her third in a sequence of eight different women's winners in eight Slams.

"I spoke to my team and I told them I can't keep doing this, that I needed to have an end point because (I was) sort of playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop", he told the news conference Friday. It's just now that it's definite.

When asked if the Australian Open could be his last tournament, Murray said, "Yes there's a chance of that for sure because I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months".

"Tennis will come to an end for us all but the friendships will last a lifetime", tweeted tennis player Grigor Dimitrov".

"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. "I hope he can finish strong and healthy", he said.

Boulter, 22, says it is "incredible" to have gain direct entry to a Slam for the first time on the basis of her top 100 ranking, while 26-year-old Watson - who has won three WTA titles and is a former top 50 player - insists she still wants to achieve more in her career. Anybody would substitute their career with his.

At 37, Federer is in Australia attempting to win the title for the third consecutive year and for a seventh time overall.

"First of all, previous year she made an incredible effort to come back in shape after having a baby and actually she came back in a decent shape quite fast", Mouratoglou told Reuters in an interview.

"I'd like to go out on my terms".

"I don't have the fairytale ending in my head saying there has to be another title somewhere, and then I have to announce it big and say, that was it, by the way, guys. I don't have to have it that way".

Federer said: "I've been thinking about it, like where is that place but I think it will all come down to, is it the body, is it the family, is it the mind, is it a morning when I wake up".

Roger Federer is the returning champion, but the GOAT is not the favorite for this season's Aussie. "But I did see it was very obvious for everyone who saw it that he's struggling. I think you also need a little bit of luck".

The Scot has failed to get back to his former greatness following a chronic hip injury, and felt the time was right to call it a day.

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