(Reuters) – Following is response to Andy Murray’s announcement on Friday that this yr’s Australian Open may very well be his final match as an expert:
Tennis – Wimbledon Preview – All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership, London, Britain – June 30, 2018 Britain’s Andy Murray throughout apply REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
FORMER WORLD NUMBER ONE BILLIE JEAN KING
“@andy_murray You’re a champion on and off the court docket. So sorry you can not retire by yourself phrases, however bear in mind to look to the longer term.
“Your biggest influence on the world could also be but to come back. Your voice for equality will encourage future generations. A lot like to you & your loved ones.”
FORMER U.S. OPEN CHAMPION JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
“Andy, simply watched your convention. Please don’t cease attempting. Preserve preventing. I can think about your ache and disappointment. I hope you possibly can overcome this.
“You should retire by yourself phrases, each time that occurs. We love you @andy_murray and we need to see you cheerful and doing effectively.”
MURRAY’S FORMER COACH DARREN CAHILL
“Whenever you seek for examples of ‘emptied the bucket to be pretty much as good as they may very well be’ there needs to be an image of Andy Murray sitting underneath that quote.
“Exceptional self-discipline for coaching, competitors, sacrifice, perfection, a little bit loopy however a legend of a bloke. Bravo Andy.”
MURRAY’S FORMER COACH DANIEL VALLVERDU IN RESPONSE TO CAHILL
“No matter you suppose ‘emptying the bucket’ means… instances that by 5 and that’s who @andy_murray is. Thanks Andy – thanks for at all times being you. #1”
FORMER U.S. OPEN CHAMPION ANDY RODDICK
“If that is true, I tip my cap to @andy_murray! Absolute legend. Brief checklist of finest tacticians in historical past. Unreal ends in a brutal period… Nothing however respect right here. I hope he can end sturdy and wholesome.
“Simply pondering out loud right here. He deserves his second to say goodbye at Wimbledon. He’s too vital to Nice Britain and Wimbledon historical past to not have it.”
FORMER WORLD NUMBER TWO MAGNUS NORMAN
“If true. Really feel all the way down to the bone for Andy Murray proper now. Wonderful participant, fighter, nr 1 and a number of GS champion. Deepest respect.”
FORMER GRAND SLAM DOUBLES CHAMPION PAM SHRIVER
“A male management voice that stands out and is excellent throughout a difficult time for gender points. Andy was capable of attain #1 throughout the Federer Nadal Djokovic period making it the period of the massive 4. My household is sending Andy all of the love and assist from Los Angeles. @JudyMurray”
FORMER U.S. OPEN CHAMPION SAMANTHA STOSUR
“He’s been a implausible participant, champion. I imply, he’s been an enormous advocate for girls’s tennis and ladies’s sport on the whole. I do know within the locker room each time we hear him kinda stick up for us, we’re like, ‘Yeah, go Andy!’”
RUSSIAN PLAYER KAREN KHACHANOV
“Actually unhappy to listen to that @andy_murray. You’re a true champion of our sport and nice instance for all of us! Keep sturdy.”
AUSTRALIAN PLAYER THANASI KOKKINAKIS
“You’re the person muzz.”
WORLD NUMBER 21 GRIGOR DIMITROV
“Tennis will come to an finish for us all however the friendships will final a lifetime. What you’ve completed for the game will stay on ceaselessly. I’m hoping for a robust and wholesome end for you, my buddy! @andy_murray.”
FELLOW SCOT AND SNOOKER GREAT STEPHEN HENDRY
“Arduous to learn that @andy_murray being pressured to retire due to harm, little doubt considered one of Scotland’s biggest ever sportsmen.”
Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Greg Stutchbury