By George Connolly
Tennis superstar Andy Murray announced overnight that he is to retire after an ongoing hip injury.
The Scot was in tears at his press conference before his round of 128 Australian Open match against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. He said to the media that he would like to bow out at Wimbledon but does not know if that will be possible. That could mean that the Australian Open could be his final tournament.
Watch Murray’s tearjerking announcement here (Via Twitter: @BBCNews)
Other tennis stars, celebrities and politicians have all wished Murray well as he departs from the tennis circuit. First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon took to Twitter to praise the three time Grand Slam winner. (Via Twitter: @NicolaSturgeon)
Tennis legend Andy Roddick also tweeted his support. (Via Twitter @andyroddick).
Singer Amy MacDonald tweeted her admiration for her fellow country-man. (Via Twitter: @Amy__Macdonald)
Murray brought the country so many great memories. His fan base recalled some of those following the news of his retirement. Supporter Lee McKeown remembers famous Murray moments such as the “2012 Olympic gold, U.S Open and 2013 Wimbledon” as his favourites. Another fan, Rachel Toye was emotional during the announcement saying: “You could tell how much he doesn’t want to stop playing,” and “you want to retire when you feel you’ve achieved everything you want, not being forced to, which he is.” She also looked back at some her favourite moments pointing out “his emotional Wimbledon win – which you can’t not cry with him at”.
The 31-year-old has won three Grand Slam titles along with a gold medal at both the London and Rio Olympic Games. He also picked up a silver medal in the mixed doubles event at the London games alongside Laura Robson.