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Murray will be a big loss - Nadal pays tribute to retiring great

14 January 2019

Speaking to journalists before what could be his last public appearance on a court on Monday at the Australian Open, the three-time grand slam victor talked of his bitter regret at having to abandon competitive tennis and admitted he had "zero interest" in doing anything else.

The 31-year-old said that he had discussed competing again with specialists.

"I don't think it is impossible, but it will be very hard", Dr. John O'Donnell said on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek radio programme, adding that the player has exhausted every avenue in an attempt to soothe his troublesome joint.

Roger Federer (R) says he was shocked that tennis was to lose "legend" Andy Murray (L) this year and the Scot should be "incredibly proud" of all he had achieved. "He has fought all his career and Monday's match will be the same", he said.

Last night, the life-long Hibernian fan revealed he plans to retire from tennis after this year's Wimbledon - but admits he may be forced to quit the sport even earlier.

However, her fitness had since gone up a notch and Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles may well be in peril at Melbourne Park, he said.

No. 1 Djokovic and third seed Federer face a stern challenge from the likes of youthful force Alexander Zverev, seeded four, who is still looking for a first major to cement his place as torch-bearer for the next generation.

Murray is one of seven Britons opening their tournaments at Melbourne Park on Monday, with only women's number one Johanna Konta playing on Tuesday. But Edmond has been handed a hugely tough first round match against Tomas Berdych.

As the 13th seed, Edmund would have hoped for a kind draw, but his luck was out. Despite beating Agut in their three previous matches, Murray does not expect to win.

"She has been so successful in the game". You will always be someone that impacted the sport in so many different ways, I know this was never the way you wanted to go out, but hey it was a heck of a ride.

"I was pretty young when she first won Wimbledon, I have always looked up to her and it will be pretty cool to play her".

"I can't believe it's already been a year".

She achieved a career milestone previous year to claim her maiden Grand Slam at Melbourne Park, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.

"I talked to him a little bit yesterday actually, ran into him at the hotel".

The former world number one has taken Nick Kyrgios under his wing during the Australian's time on the ATP Tour. "I don't think it is impossible, but it will be very hard". Being a good ally is about using your influence to elevate and support those with less power than you.

"At the end of the week, I won the tournament".

Serene Williams, one of the leading ladies in Tennis, will also look to strengthen her game on the court and pull herself out of the controversies that sparked during the US Open final.

Murray will be a big loss - Nadal pays tribute to retiring great