It was the first news we read this morning, the one we never wanted to know: the pain in the right ankle is too strong, Andy Murray decided to retire from tennis. The Scottish tennis player has said this during a press conference of enormous emotional legacy, the day after being drawn against Roberto Bautista-Agut in the first round match of the Australian Open 2019, scheduled for Monday. In fact, Murray's farewell to the world of tennis played will be gradual and not immediate, with the hope that he can leave the circuit at the Wimbledon tournament in July.

 

What hurts most knowing the sad news is not so much the fact itself, since the physical condition of Murray could also presage it, sooner or later, but the timing: Andy had to stop due to injury for part of 2017 and almost all of 2018 and this was to be the year of his return. It was one of the biggest hopes for 2019. The news quickly went around the world, as it should be regarding a top player (he was world number 1 in 2016) for years nicknamed 'the gruff', catching many of his famous colleagues are also surprised: Murray actually won 3 Grand Slam titles, including twice Wimbledon, breaking the long curse that afflicted British tennis players for over 70 years. What does nothing but increase the anger is that the officiality of his retirement came just before the Australian Open, a tournament in which Murray played five times the final, without ever winning. Definitely detached from the curriculum of his peers, including his great rival Novak Djokovic, Andy still leaves with a unique record: the double Olympic gold medal won with Great Britain, a title that maybe nobody will manage to equalize.

Andy Murray in tears At just 31 y.o., the Scottish champion has surprisingly announced his retirement due to ankle pain | Image 3

Andy Murray in tears At just 31 y.o., the Scottish champion has surprisingly announced his retirement due to ankle pain | Image 1

Andy Murray in tears At just 31 y.o., the Scottish champion has surprisingly announced his retirement due to ankle pain | Image 4

Andy Murray in tears At just 31 y.o., the Scottish champion has surprisingly announced his retirement due to ankle pain | Image 0

Andy Murray in tears At just 31 y.o., the Scottish champion has surprisingly announced his retirement due to ankle pain | Image 2

Andy Murray in tears At just 31 y.o., the Scottish champion has surprisingly announced his retirement due to ankle pain | Image 5

And then we just have to enjoy what remains of his career, starting from the match that sees him absolutely underdog, on Monday. And in the meantime, watching a few videos of the most representative shots is really the minimum. Starting from the Queen's tournament, in 2009, during the final match against James Blake, a very delicate touch.

 

Although one of the best shots is undoubtedly that arrived during the semis of the Australian Open 2010, against Marin Cilic:

 

Among Murray's skills was that of being an incredible defender: the Swedish Robin Soderling was one of his preferred 'victims', during the ATP Finals 2010.

 

Probably the most important point of his entire career: the mistake of Novak Djokovic who gave him the Wimbledon title for the first time, in 2013.

 

In Valencia, in 2014, he won the tournament with a crazy comeback, also saving five match points at Tommy Robredo that we still remember for the final reaction, a middle finger towards the Scot.

 

 

To finally enter into the hearts of the UK fans lacked the winning of the Davis Cup, arrived in 2015 on clay court, against Belgium. The lob against Goffin is to be seen and reviewed in loop.