Wimbledon planning statue to honour Andy Murray

Andy Murray breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne on January 11 ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. — AFP

Before I said without a Grand Slam, you are not a real No.1.

Rafael Nadal paid tribute to the retiring Andy Murray, saying the Brit would be a huge loss to the sport.

"I'm just excited. I think it's a positive to be here as the defending champion".

Djokovic closed out last season magnificently, making an astonishing climb back from outside the world's top 20 in June, winning Wimbledon and the US Open on the way to reclaiming the number one ranking in November. His birthday is one week before mine. "Les Petite As". First time we met and played. We played lots of epic matches in the professional circuit.

Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement.

Djokovic posted a tribute on Instagram to a man he has known since they first faced each other as 13-year-olds in 2001, concluding: "Whatever happens, I will always cherish our unbelievable matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences".

Melbourne Park remains a special place for Osaka as the Australian Open was the first Grand Slam where she got into the main draw through the qualifiers in 2016.

The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam victor broke down at a press conference in Melbourne as he said the pain had become nearly unbearable.

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"In the middle to the end of December in my training block, I spoke to my team, and I told them, 'I can not keep doing this.' I needed to have an end point because I was playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop".

The father-of-two said although he hopes to play at Wimbledon in July, he may not be able to bear the pain by then and the Australian Open may be his last tournament. In an interview with Australia's Sunday Age, Federer said he was hit hard by Murray's retirement and seeing him "struggling".

"But he has a management company, he represents athletes and we have seen him in the commentary box. Obviously it was something that I really wanted, a big dream of mine to win a grand slam, and it was an unbelievable feeling and an incredible two weeks". Anybody would substitute their career with his.

"It's a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved".

Although Murray has spoken with psychologists, he's admitted that little has helped. I said to my team, 'Look, I think I can get through this until Wimbledon. I'm not happy about that. "But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training", the emotional Scot said. It's going to be uncomfortable.

"I had to go out into the garden and take peeks at it through the window".

"I have good feelings in terms of the surgery. But for the most part I've just been doing the same things". I met with you the other day and couldn't really verbalize my compassion for what you're going through.

"I know how not well he was", said the Swiss.

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