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'A champion on and off the court': sport pays tribute to Andy Murray

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The world of sport – from tennis to golf and even a Bundesliga club – have been offering up words of support for Andy Murray after the three-time grand slam winner admitted he will retire this year and possibly even this month.

Speaking in the build-up to his first-round match at the Australian Open, Murray said: “In December I spoke to my team and I told them: ‘I cannot keep doing this. Look, I think I can get through this until Wimbledon. That’s where I would like to stop playing.’ But I am not certain I am able to do that.”

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No one would begrudge Murray one last appearance at Wimbledon in July but, if his body does not allow him to make it that far, at least he will leave the sport knowing he is respected, admired and loved by his fellow pros.

Kyle Edmund, British No 1

Juan Martin del Potro, world No 5

Darren Cahill, Murray’s former coach

Andy Roddick, former world No 1

Grigor Dimitrov, world No 21

Andrew Castle, former British No 1

Kim Clijsters, four-time grand slam champion

Kevin Anderson, world No 6

Billie Jean King, 12-time grand slam champion

Magnus Norman, tennis coach and former French Open finalist

The Davis Cup, which Murray won with Great Britain in 2015

Mardy Fish, captain of US team in Davis Cup

John Millman, world No 38

Karen Khachanov, world No 11

Greg Rusedski, former British No 1

Victoria Azarenka, two-time Australian Open champion

Svetlana Kuznetsova, two-time grand slam champion

Liam Broady, British No 4

Heather Watson, former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion

The Byran brothers, the greatest doubles players in history

Nick Kyrgios, world No 51

Justin Rose, Olympic golf champion

Neil Lennon, Hibernian manager

Mainz, 12th in the Bundesliga

Gary Lineker, former Leicestershire Schools cricket captain

Wimbledon, where he will hopefully play once more

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