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‘I wish I could play forever,’ says tearful Murray at Wimbledon farewell

Andy Murray began his Wimbledon farewell with a poignant loss on Thursday, openly shedding tears in front of his devoted fans while expressing his deep love for the sport and a wish to play indefinitely.

Murray, a two-time singles champion at Wimbledon, alongside his brother Jamie, was defeated 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 by Australia’s Rinky Hijikata and John Peers in their first-round men’s doubles match. This marked the start of a trilogy leading to his retirement, with upcoming mixed doubles alongside Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon and culminating in his retirement at the Paris Olympics.

Since undergoing hip surgery in 2019, battling ankle injuries earlier this year, and recently having surgery to remove a spinal cyst that prevented him from participating in Wimbledon singles, Murray has reluctantly acknowledged his physical limitations.

Reflecting on his career, which includes three Grand Slam titles, two Olympic gold medals, a Davis Cup victory, and time as the world number one, Murray expressed his deep affection for tennis and the invaluable lessons it has taught him.

“It’s incredibly tough because I’d love to continue playing, but physically, it’s become too demanding with all the injuries,” Murray shared. “I have a deep love for the sport, which has given me so much. The lessons I’ve learned over the years will stay with me for life, and I don’t want this journey to end.”

Playing alongside his brother Jamie for the first time at Wimbledon held special significance for Murray, despite the physical challenges he faced to make it to the court.

During the emotional evening, Murray was moved to tears by video tributes from tennis luminaries like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams, all acknowledging his significant impact on the sport.

Novak Djokovic, Murray’s long-time rival and a spectator at the event, praised Murray’s resilience and dedication, acknowledging the challenges Murray has faced throughout his career.

Murray received a standing ovation from the crowd as he stepped onto Centre Court with his brother Jamie, accompanied by his family, including his mother Judy, father William, wife Kim, and daughters Sophia and Edie.

While Murray’s match performance was affected by stiffness and chilly temperatures, his trademark competitive spirit shone through, eliciting cheers and admiration from the crowd.

Reflecting on his career-defining moments at Wimbledon, including his historic 2013 and 2016 singles victories, Murray acknowledged the profound impact of his journey on his own life and the sport.

Despite the emotional conclusion to his Wimbledon journey, Murray’s legacy as a tennis icon is secure, with younger players like Carlos Alcaraz recognizing his immense influence and inspiration to future generations.

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