Andy Murray bids emotional farewell on Centre Court

Andy Murray bids emotional farewell on Centre Court
Andy Murray bids emotional farewell on Centre Court

He was unable to say goodbye in the singles, but Andy Murray will be back on the Centre Court at Wimbledon in the doubles with his brother Jamie. It is an emotional farewell.

The first standing ovation comes before the match, after which it is time for tissues and more ovations. Andy Murray is bid farewell from Centre Court in Wimbledon. But there are always question marks about farewells for the Scottish star fighter.

In 2019, he tearfully announced his retirement at the Australian Open because his hip was no longer working. But he came back – with an artificial hip joint. But now it’s finally over, after the Olympic Games, or in the fall at the latest. The 37-year-old’s body is definitely not up to it anymore.

The doubles match in the first round was lost to the Australians Rinky Hijikata/John Peers 6:7, 4:6, but that didn’t matter at all. It obviously meant a lot to Andy Murray to be able to play this doubles match with his older brother again. “It had never worked before.”

Of tragedies and triumphs

Roger Federer was in the stadium beforehand, and after the game, greats such as Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Tim Henman lined up as Murray’s greatest successes – and low blows – were replayed on the video screen. From the 2012 Wimbledon final he lost to Roger Federer, when the Scot won everyone’s hearts with his heartbreaking speech. “I’m not someone who opens up easily,” Murray admitted. “But people saw how much this sport and this place mean to me.”

Until his triumphs, again against Federer, at the Olympic Games in London and finally at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016. “The three of them were OK,” said Murray with his dry humor about Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. “It wasn’t exactly the easiest thing to get past them.”

Huge pressure

He also talked about how much pressure he felt when he finally became the first Briton to win the home Grand Slam in 77 years in 2013. “2016 was better because of that, it’s my favorite title.”

Whether it was definitely his last appearance on Centre Court is not yet certain – as is the case with Murray’s farewells. He is still playing mixed doubles alongside Emma Raducanu, the 2021 US Open winner.

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