The emotional tribute that brought tears to Andy Murray’s eyes at Wimbledon before Novak Djokovic

The emotional tribute that brought tears to Andy Murray’s eyes at Wimbledon before Novak Djokovic
The emotional tribute that brought tears to Andy Murray’s eyes at Wimbledon before Novak Djokovic

It is the end of an Era. The closing of a legendary stage that had as its protagonist Andy Murray, The British who knew how to shine on the grass of All England Clubwhere he achieved glory with two Wimbledon titles (in the 2013 and 2016 editions) and an Olympic gold medal when the international event was held in London. The former world number one, forced to withdraw from the draw singles due to a back injury, He fell in the first round of doubles with his brother Jamiein a duel that concluded 7-6 y 6-4 in favor of the Australians John Peers y Rinky Hijikata.

In any case, the Briton has one last chance in the mixed doubles, where he will form a couple with Emma Raducanu. The duo will face the Salvadoran on Friday at 7 a.m. (Argentina time) Marcelo Arevalo already the china Shuai Zhang.

On February 28, after a defeat by 6-2 y 6-4 against the French Ugo Humbert in andl ATP 500 of Dubai, The Scot has announced that he will probably not play again after the European summer. Affected by persistent physical problems, the legend expressed his desire to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. It is a contest that has a special meaning for him, having won the Gold in London 2012 and repeating the feat in Rio de Janeiro 2016 by defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the end.

Aware that this could be his last appearance in Wimbledonthe organizers prepared an emotional tribute in which a video was projected with greetings from various tennis personalities, followed by a ceremony in which figures such as Novak Djokovic, Lleyton Hewitt y Martina Navratilovaas well as their families. During the ceremony, Sue Barkerhistoric presenter of the English Grand Slam, returned from retirement to interview him on an unforgettable day.I would like to keep playing, but my body won’t let me.“I’m so sorry,” Murray said at the end of the interview, on the verge of tears.

It is worth remembering that Murraynext to Absent y Rafael Nadal were included in the list for the Olympic tournament that will take place in the French capital. Also included were Daniil Medvedev, who will technically compete as a “neutral” athlete and will not represent Russia due to the war in Ukraine. Serbian and Scottish have 37 yearswhile the Spaniard has 38 and has several Grand Slam titles. To take into account, Djokovic has 24 trophies from the Big onesbut has never won Olympic gold.

Rafa has 22 Grand Slam titles, as well as Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles in 2008 and 2016. Her motivation is so great that she decided to skip the grass of Wimbledon to concentrate on the clay where Roland Garros is held annually.

Murraywho has three titles in the Slams, is the only tennis player who has won consecutive titles at the Games. He has said that his intention is to retire after his adventure in the City of Light which will be carried out between the July 27th and August 4th.

Among women, the list includes the world number one, the Polish Iga Swiatek; number 2, the American Coco Gauff; as well as number 4, the Kazakh Elena Rybakina. While the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (3) decided not to participate after receiving an invitation as a neutral athlete.

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