In the weeks leading up to the Australian Open, the tennis world was shocked when Andy Murray spoke about his struggle with pain after his hip surgery. He spoke about retiring from the sport after Wimbledon but also added that he might not be able to make it till Wimbledon. He spoke about struggling with the pain and the very real chance that the Australian Open being his last tournament.
Immediately after his announcement there was an out pouring of sympathy from the fans and his colleagues. Those who had been touring along with him where congratulating him on a grand career. Players and fans alike were wishing him well for the future and were saddened to see him leave the sport.
It was under such circumstances that Andy Murray entered the 2019 Australian Open hoping for a fairy tale ending. But he was crushed in the first round by Roberto Bautista Agut. But it was another performance of grit and heart from the Scot as he came from two sets down to push it to a fifth set. But it was not Andy’s day as Bautista broke him twice to take the fifth set.
After the match, the battled scarred Scot let the door open for a possible return. He said that he would try everything to get back on court. The three time grand slam champion added that if this was to be the end of his career it was an amazing way to end as he literally gave his all on court.
In the end there was no fairy tale ending of winning another slam for Murray. But this could be considered another sort of fairy tale, one which highlighted Murray’s fight and love for the game. He is a champion through and through and we wish him the best.