Tennis superstars pay collective tribute to Britain's Andy Murray

Wednesday, 16 Jan, 2019

Murray announced this will be his final season last week after struggling with a hip injury for several years, expressing his intention to retire after Wimbledon.

"I have so many wonderful memories from the last time I was here, it was literally the best match of my career".

US Open champion Naomi Osaka also stormed through, but world number one Simona Halep was lucky to stay alive, needing to dig deep and claw back from a set down before beating Kaia Kanepi 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-2.

The tennis legend debuts a new outfit for every grand slam, and her opener at the Australian Open on Tuesday was no exception.

World number one Djokovic played Murray in a practice match three days ago and said it was obvious that there were serious problems.

"But I've done everything right in my preparation".

She lost in the second round at Wimbledon and the US Open, which ultimately led to her dropping her No. 2 seed to Angelique Kerber despite her winning her first career major at last year's Australian Open.

When she began her return in earnest at Indian Wells last March, she said she felt far from being in peak playing condition. She was in tears as the pair hugged at the net following the match, and Williams joined the crowd in giving the German player a clap as she left the arena.

What would she say about NY, the fallout and her subsequent conversations with her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou?

She absolutely slaughtered Tatiana Marja 6-0 and 6-2 during their match on Monday, and moves on to compete again on Wednesday.

"I would like my daughters to come and watch me play a tennis match, hopefully understand what's happening before I finish", he said. "You know, the reason for having, like I said the other day, for having the operation first and foremost is to improve your quality of life".

Serena Williams has her own name for the green one-piece suit she wore in her first-round victory at the Australian Open. "I'll do everything possible to try".

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, arguably two of the greatest female tennis players of all time, offered completely different reactions to their emotional opponents after their Australian Open matches.

Third seed Roger Federer experienced few problems in his first-round encounter, confidently ousting Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

The former world number one tried to describe his pain, which has become nearly unbearable.

"I don't want to give myself a ranking anymore". I've been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now.

"I think to that extent, we are kind of similar".