Andy Murray Tearfully Announces He's Retiring From Tennis

Novak Djokovic faces qualifier at Australian Open while Roger Federer draws Denis Istomin

In an emotional media conference on Friday, a tearful Murray revealed the pain from his troublesome right hip was proving too much to bear.

Frenchman Mouratoglou, who has guided Williams to the last 10 of her 23 Grand Slam titles, felt the American great was in "decent shape" when she reached last year's finals at Wimbledon and the US Open.

It happened a day after losing the Australian Open semi-final to victor Novak Djokovic, but a year later, he was back raising a fifth trophy at the tournament. It must have been a very long couple of years for him.

"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?"

"I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we're going to lose him at some point", Federer told reporters on the eve of the year's first Grand Slam.

"But we're going to lose everybody at some point". It's just now that it's definite.

If Williams were to win her eighth Australian Open, it would represent a powerful bookend to her triumph in 2017, when she won the tournament while two months pregnant.

The Swiss is also chasing a 21st Grand Slam, but at 37, he concedes fortune has favoured him on the injuries front.

Federer also added: "I think finishing healthy". You will always be someone that impacted the sport in so many different ways, I know this was never the way you wanted to go out, but hey it was a heck of a ride.

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"Could have happened easily in the match against Novak, but it didn't, maybe because I was warmed up". I have no idea what happened.

"I've been thinking about it, like where is that place?"

Andy Murray's retirement will be a big loss to tennis, and to feminism in sport, but no one would argue he made this decision lightly.

But he was knocked out in the second round on his return at Brisbane last week and called it quits on Thursday after less than an hour of a practice match in Melbourne against Djokovic, with his movement clearly hampered.

"I hope it doesn't end with an injury", Federer said. I've been very fortunate. He's not moving as well as he normally does.

"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.

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