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The pain is too much- Murray on brink of retiring

"It opened a lot of doors for me".

"Once you see the end in sight, I guess it would be harder to get motivated". For now, he's only committing to the Australian Open.

"I think he probably just wants that big send off at Wimbledon, to enjoy that crowd one more time".

"The same sequence was happening - as soon as I started to increase my tennis load and play matches, the pain gets worse and my performance drops and I have to take a rest for a few days".

"I didn't want to think that much about that match because it was really painful to lose it, but I learned some things from that match", she said.

The two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion was accused of attacking one-time friend Randall Kaplan. I need time to get over it and then to know what my next steps are going to be.

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Federer (+550), Rafael Nadal (+800) and Alexander "Sascha" Zverev (+900) round out the top four and are the only other players under 25-1 at 5Dimes. "His achievements - there are no greater goals you can achieve in our sport". "Not a level I'm happy playing at - but also, it's not just that".

Andy Murray has returned to the practice courts as he prepares for his final tournaments before retiring by the end of the season. The tennis great underwent hip surgery previous year in hopes of relieving the pain and spent much of 2018 recovering.

"There is a big adjustment when you retire, you are going into a whole new world".

Murray has won Wimbledon twice and Federer hoped the Scot could keep playing long enough to be able to say goodbye on his favourite famous grass courts.

Although Djokovic hailed Tennis Australia for boosting Open prizemoney by 14 per cent to a whopping $62.5million, he insisted that more needed to be done.

There are three tournament representatives on the ATP board and three player representatives: namely Justin Gimelstob (the commentator and ex-player who is facing assault charges in Los Angeles), David Egdes (Gimelstob's close associate from the Tennis Channel, and a temporary board member who came in less than two months ago) and Alex Inglot (formerly director of communications at the betting data firm Sportradar). The 32-year-old Nadal is ranked No. 2 and confident of extending his career for several years.

"Hope he will make it through to Wimbledon and have the farewell he deserves", tweeted former tennis player Kim Clijsters.

They grew up in the same place, the Spanish island of Majorca, and have been together ever since.

"Tennis is better with you", tweeted current world No. 6 Kevin Anderson.

"I'm still feel a little behind but that will come with more matches - hopefully more in the main draw". "You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens", said current world No. 5 Juan Martín del Potro.

An analysis of his playing style in an article in The New Yorker some time back blamed the continuous scrambling on court and changing direction repeatedly along the baseline for taking a toll on his hips.

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