January 11, 2019 / 2:45 AM / 2 months ago

Tennis-Reaction to Andy Murray's impending retirement from the sport

Jan 11 (Reuters) - Following is reaction to Andy Murray’s announcement on Friday that this year’s Australian Open could be his last tournament as a professional.

FORMER U.S. OPEN CHAMPION AND TENNIS PUNDIT ANDY RODDICK

“If this is true, I tip my cap to @andy_murray! Absolute legend. Short list of best tacticians in history. Unreal results in a brutal era... Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy.

“Just thinking out loud here. He deserves his moment to say goodbye at Wimbledon. He’s too important to Great Britain and Wimbledon history to not have it.”

MURRAY’S FORMER COACH DARREN CAHILL

“When you search for examples of ‘emptied the bucket to be as good as they could be’ there should be a picture of Andy Murray sitting under that quote.

“Remarkable discipline for training, competition, sacrifice, perfection, a little crazy but a legend of a bloke. Bravo Andy.”

MURRAY’S FORMER COACH DANIEL VALLVERDU IN RESPONSE TO CAHILL

“Whatever you think ‘emptying the bucket’ means... times that by 5 and that’s who @andy_murray is. Thank you Andy - thank you for always being you. #1”

SWEDISH FORMER PROFESSIONAL MAGNUS NORMAN

“If true. Feel down to the bone for Andy Murray right now. Amazing player, fighter, nr 1 and multiple GS champion. Deepest respect.”

AUSTRALIAN PLAYER THANASI KOKKINAKIS

“You’re the man muzz”

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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