Sir Andy Murray, OBE. World No 1
Wimbledon Champion 2013 & 2016
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    Re: Reaction to Andys' retirement plans

    And from Dunblane:

    Dunblane Primary
    Everyone at Dunblane Primary School would like to pay tribute to former pupil Sir@andy_ murray following his announcement today. Andy, you’ve inspired everyone in the school with your incredible achievements, dedication and humility. We will always be very proud of you.

    Martin Weston
    One thing I do know, this immeasurably huge loss to mens professional tennis will be an incalculably massive gain for whatever Sir Andy Murray chooses to do with the next chapter of his life. He’s a game changer, a force of nature, a complete and utter icon #ANDY @andy_murray

    Link to article about Andy on the WTA website: https://www.wtatennis.com/news/andy-...s-appreciation. And some 'extracts' :-

    On learning of his planned retirement, Billie Jean King described Andy Murray as an inspiration for future generations due to his leadership on equality issues. Tennis writer Mark Hodgkinson examines his legacy.

    A casual feminist: that was how a prominent British politician, the Member of Parliament Jess Phillips, described Andy Murray on Twitter on Friday. But, in truth, you can drop the 'casual'; there has been nothing laid-back or understated about Murray's feminism. A committed feminist, more like. As Serena Williams once said of Murray: "Andy really is pro-woman." So pro-woman that - and this was a rare move indeed by a leading ATP player - he hired a female coach. Naturally, he supported equal pay for men and women in tennis; he went much further than that, advocating for total parity in all areas, and not just financial.

    Win Wimbledon and you have a voice, and Britain's greatest ever tennis player has called out what has been characterised as 'casual sexism', such as correcting interviewers who had overlooked female players in their questions.

    Murray has also stepped in when affronted by more egregious examples of sexism, both inside and outside tennis, such as when the winner of the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or prize, the Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg, was asked by the host to twerk in celebration. "Why," Murray asked, "do women still have to put up with that s---?"

    As Murray once wrote in L'Equipe, the French sports newspaper: "Have I become a feminist? Well, if being a feminist is about fighting so that a woman is treated like a man then, yes, I suppose I have."

    In her tribute to Murray, Billie Jean King wrote how his "voice for equality will inspire future generations", and those currently competing on the WTA also focused on the former Wimbledon champion's feminism.
    While the British tennis public will always revere Murray for that golden summer of 2013, when he became the first British man for 77 years to win Wimbledon, the WTA's players admire the Scot for more than just his ability to say boo to Fred Perry's Centre Court ghost.

    It's funny to think how, in the early stages of his career, Murray was cruelly and mistakenly lampooned by sections of the public for being dull, for supposedly lacking a personality, and yet many now like him as much for the way he thinks and speaks as for the way he hits a serve or a forehand.

    Of all the leading ATP players, Murray has consistently shown the greatest interest in women's tennis. And, more generally, in equality. Much of that is down to his mother Judy, who was also his first coach. "My upbringing means that I'm quite attuned to the whole thing. I came to tennis thanks to my mother. I always had a very close relationship with my grandmothers. I've always been surrounded by women. I find it easier to talk to them. I find it easier to open up to them. It's a crying shame there aren't more female coaches," Murray, a father of two girls, once wrote.

    When Murray worked with Amelie Mauresmo, he became even more of a champion for women. "Right from the word go, I knew that working alongside Amelie would set tongues wagging. The reason for this is that very few players before me have worked with a female coach. I realised it would create a feeling of suspicion, mistrust and perhaps even negativity," Murray wrote in L'Equipe.

    "I didn’t realise, however, that Amélie would find herself up against such criticism and prejudice. The staggering thing was that she was slated every time I lost, which is something my former coaches never ever experienced. It wasn’t right," he added. "It really opened my eyes when I started working with Amelie. Inequality is something I started to see. And become passionate about. It's opened my mind."

    Such is the affection that many on the WTA have for Murray, the tributes from the women's game were just as warm as those from men's tennis. To borrow Serena's phrase, Murray's achievements justify that tag of "pro-woman."
    Read more: WTA stars pay tribute to 'voice for equality' Andy Murray
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    Re: Reaction to Andys' retirement plans

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    @andy_murray, the door is always open to you at Camp Nou!
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    Re: Reaction to Andys' retirement plans

    Some more from twitter.

    David Nalbandian

    @andy_murray You've been a huge professional and a rival. I hope you can retire as you like. Tennis is going to miss you! I wish you the best in this new stage outside the courts!

    Chris EvertBravo @andy_murray ... The most human and honest and emotional champion in this era. To see the joy on his face when he won Wimbledon and to see the pain now as he plays..The people’s champion...#willmisshim
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    Re: Reaction to Andys' retirement plans

    Nole, on Instagram:-

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    First time we met and played. Something was telling me back then that we’d have an amazing rivalry and experience of playing each other on the biggest stage for many years to come.

    What you are trying to do is nothing short of brave and inspiring. I met with you the other day and couldn’t really verbalize my compassion for what you’re going through. As an athlete, fellow tennis player and friend, I respect and fully support you every second of this Australian Open and every next attempt to compete at the highest level. Whatever happens, I will always cherish our amazing matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences �� Big hug Andy, stay strong. @andymurray
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