Andy Murray says he is ‘touched’ and feeling ‘much more positive’ after his retirement bombshell was met by an outpouring of support.
The former world number one plans to retire following this year’s Wimbledon Championships but admits the Australian Open could be his final tournament.
Murray, 31, was reduced to tears as he broke the news at a press conferences in Melbourne on 4 January. But the three-time Grand Slam winner says he is now feeling ‘much more positive’, particularly after receiving a ‘big cuddle’ from his mum, Judy.
‘Best way to feel better after a tough day is a big cuddle from your mum,’ Murray wrote on Instagram.
‘Genuinely been very touched by all of the messages and support from everybody today. ‘It means a lot and has made me feel much more positive than when I woke this morning. Thank you so much.’
Tennis legend Billie Jean King led the tributes to Murray after his emotional announcement in Melbourne.
‘So sorry you cannot retire on your own terms,’ tweeted 12-time Grand Slam winner King. ‘You have been a champion on and off the court.’
Kyle Edmund, who has replaced Murray as British tennis men’s No. 1, said: ‘For me he’s been my biggest role model out of any tennis player.
‘To be able to have had the experiences that I’ve had with him and memories of training with him and getting to know him personally, and seeing what he’s done on the court and achieved, he’s definitely helped my career.’
British women’s number one Johanna Konta, meanwhile, said she ‘could not imagine’ the sport without Murray.
‘Unable to retire on his own terms and forced to retire is something which no athlete wants to be put through,’ she said.
‘Everyone will have a lot of compassion and a lot of sadness for him if he has been put into that position.’
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