Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

The moment Andy Murray knew his career was all but over

The moment Andy Murray knew his career was all but over

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray faces Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut not before 07:00 GMT. The 31-year-old is a five-time finalist on the hard surface in Melbourne but a repeat of that feat in these particular circumstances would likely rank high on Murray's list of career achievements, given the prohibitive nature of his injury.

In today's column, Judy, who is at his side in Melbourne, writes: "Though these are hard days right now, I'm sure Andy will continue to have a huge impact on the world of tennis".

"It is sad news, but it doesn't detract from what an incredible career he has had", Henman, who was replaced by Murray as British number one in 2006, said to BBC Sport.

The defending champion in Australia is Caroline Wozniacki, although it is not an easy trophy to defend - the last player to do so was Victoria Azarenka back in 2013.

Nadal was absolutely gutted the way the Scot has to force his retirement but supported him thoroughly as he thinks that it will be beneficial for both the player and his family. But Edmond has been handed a hugely tough first round match against Tomas Berdych.

Zverev, 21, starts the Australian Open full of confidence after an impressive warm-up to reach the final of Perth's mixed teams Hopman Cup, despite his bad record at Grand Slams. The men's side of the Aussie features 128 participants, which shakes out to seven rounds of scintillating tennis action over two weeks, culminating in the Final on Sunday, January 27 (more like early Monday morning). That is, if his battered, bruised and operated-upon body could get that far - chances are the 31-year-old's fitness may not last beyond the year's first Grand Slam that starts on Monday.

"She has been so successful in the game. I'm confident that I think it needs a good performance by my opponent probably to beat me", said the Swiss master, who warmed for Melbourne with victory in Perth's Hopman Cup. I've always been focused on tactics and winning and finding a way.' As for what comes next, Murray is considering having surgery to resurface his hip.

"I wasn't, no. To be honest, I wasn't, " top-ranked Djokovic said. The first Grand Slam of the year kicks-off the sporting calendar and the Melbourne contest in 2019 is eagerly anticipated.

She wrote on Instagram: "You're most definitely one of the most liked and respected players on the tour".

The former world number one hopes to bring the curtain down on his career at Wimbledon later this year. "But I did see, it was very obvious for everyone, you didn't need to be on court to notice that he's struggling". "Obviously you see me running around a tennis court, walking in between points, and obviously I know it doesn't' look good ... look comfortable".

He starts his campaign on day one against Denis Istomin on Rod Laver Arena - the Uzbek who caused a massive upset two years ago when he knocked out Novak Djokovic in the second round. Last year I drew [Kevin] Anderson, this year Berdych. Anyways, I just want you to know, and I'm sure you already do, everyone wants you to keep fighting and to keep being you.

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