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During the celebration on the eve of the Australian Open, Andy Murray, the two time Wimbledon champion and all round hero of UK sports fans, announced that his highly successful career was going to come to an end once he had played at Wimbledon. Clearly emotional, it seemed that this decision had not come lightly for Andy and was something that he had taken lots of time to think about and consider. It is no secret that this particular announcement came as somewhat of a shock to the rest of the world. Of course, it was known that the 31 year old Murray had been suffering from a chronic hip condition that had not only seen him take 18 months off of tennis, but also had meant that he required surgery on his right hip. What the world didn’t know is the level of pain that this particular issue had caused Andy Murray. In fact, he admitted during this conference that the pain he was feeling in his hip was almost unbearable. So much so, that he was concerned that despite his plans to retire at Wimbledon, he may not even make it through the Australian Open. In fact, after the announcement, it seemed that the pain really did take its toll and Andy, despite his incredible sporting talent and history of wins, really didn’t perform to his best during the Australian Open. He was sent crashing out of the competition during a match against Bautista Agut. The world number 23, should have been an easy match for the tennis pro. However, what should have been an easy 2 hour match that Andy could have won, it actually ended up being a four hour and 9 minute long match that Andy ended up losing. Was it the pressure of knowing that he was on his way out? Was it the pain from his injury? Was it simply the thought that perhaps Andy was finally past his best? We will never know what was going through Andy Murray’s head whilst he was playing in this match, however, we can be sure that he was feeling disappointed in his own failings. If Murray can make it to Wimbledon then we hope that he manages to do his career and his legacy justice. We know that not only the world of tennis will be looking to him to achieve a great end to his career, but also the entire UK too. We just hope that he can make it to the world’s number one tennis event and get the chance to say the goodbye that he deserves n ANDREW MURRAY HANGS UP HIS RACKET


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