Since putting British tennis back on the map, Andy Murray will go out a legend after revealing he plans to retire following Wimbledon this year.
The announcement has left people all over the country stunned, including both former and current sports players and coaches.
‘An absolute credit to his sport’
Former professional footballer and current sports broadcaster Gary Lineker sent well wishes to the player.
Always sad when a sporting career comes to an end. Sadder still when it’s one of the greatest sportsmen that these islands has ever produced. Wish @andy_murray all the very best. A truly wonderful tennis player, and an absolute credit to his sport. Well played, Sir. ?? https://t.co/z0td9c4Q3Y
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 11, 2019
‘This friendship will last a lifetime’
More tributes came from fellow tennis stars Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, and Spain’s Rafael Nadal.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) January 11, 2019
Juan Martin del Potro, who is currently ranked world number five in men’s singles, said: “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting. I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this.
“You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens.
“We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.”
The news means that Murray will not be taking part in any future US Open tournaments.
But he triumphed at the 2012 championship, after defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final match.
‘Remember to look to the future’
Even one of the most renowned names of the tennis world – Billie Jean King – shared her admiration for the player.
.@andy_murray You are a champion on and off the court. So sorry you cannot retire on your own terms, but remember to look to the future. Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations. Much love to you & your family. https://t.co/AQUOP3LGec
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 11, 2019
We still have time left to watch Murray on the court when the Australian Open gets under way on January 14.