NO. 1 OF BRITISH TENNIS
One of the biggest players in world tennis Andy Murray plans to retire after Wimbledon at the age of 31 due to complications in his hips. With his conditioned worsened, Murray honestly admits that his current participation in the Australian Open might be his last tournament.
The biggest tennis names today Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic pay tribute to Murray and hoped that he will make it to Wimbledon and retire the way the Briton wants to.
Murray currently stands at 229 in singles and has been surprised by much younger guns such as Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, but here are the reasons why the Scot is one of the best tennis players of his generation:
Ten wins over Federer
While he is currently the World No. 229, Andy Murray is one big fish of tennis. He had rivalries with the World top men in singles such as current No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, No. 3 Roger Federer, and former No. 3 Stan Wawrinka.
Back in 2012, Murray won his first Olympic gold medal after beating Roger Federer. The Scot is also known as one of the only three players to have a record of more than ten wins over Federer, the other two being Djokovic and Nadal.
Additionally, Murray leads 2-0 on grass over Djokovic while the Serb leads 5-1 on clay.
Former World No. 1
2016 was the year that Murray undergone his own golden age. In that year, he beat the then-No.2 Djokovic in the final of the ATP Finals to take his career-best 9th title of that season. Prior to that, he also defeated the then-No. 4 Milos Raonic.
Murray was a David of the Goliaths back then, also beating then-No. 3 Wawrinka and then-No. 5 Kei Nishikori.
Due to his stunning and excellent performances in that year, he ended the year as the World No. 1. He was the second oldest player to debut in the No. 1 at the age of 29 after then 30-year-old John Newcombe back in 1974.
The British No. 1
Back in 2006, Murray was first named as Britain’s No. 1 in tennis and strengthened his ground as such in the following year. Since then, he has never lost that title and reigned as Uk’s best tennis player for over a decade.
Murray won three titles back in 2012: one at Brisbane, one at the US Open and his first Olympic gold medal in the London Olympics.
Furthermore, this is also the year when Murray finished as the first British tournament champion in the Grand Slam since Fred Perry back in 1936. He also held a 14-4 match record on British soil back then.
Back in 1984, Perry was given a statue at Wimbledon, and it has been reported that the club might do something similar for Andy Murray. Murray is probably the best and greatest British player so far in the post-Fred Perry era of UK tennis.
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