War brewing behind scenes of Australian Open over pay and power

Heather Diaz
January 14, 2019

Roger Federer (R) says he was shocked that tennis was to lose "legend" Andy Murray (L) this year and the Scot should be "incredibly proud" of all he had achieved. Perhaps even finished on the tour.

"It seems like he had not a very long career", said Nadal.

A tearful Murray announced his plans to retire in the coming months at a press conference on Friday, citing lingering pain in his right hip that has impacted his training and performance.

Childhood friend Rafael Nadal said: "We shared court in the most important stadiums in the world, competing for the most important things".

Wozniacki - who has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis - told reporters: "I think it's sad, I'm sad on behalf of Andy because Andy is so fun for me to watch. I think to that extent, we are kind of similar".

The men's side of the Aussie features 128 participants, which shakes out to seven rounds of scintillating tennis action over two weeks, culminating in the Final on Sunday, January 27 (more like early Monday morning).

She only started her competitive 2019 campaign this week, losing her opener to Ashleigh Barty in Sydney, and faces another tough first-round match in Melbourne against Kaia Kanepi. He also won the U.S. Open in 2012 and Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016.

Novak Djokovic lauded the bravery of Andy Murray as he expressed compassion for the three-time grand slam champion following his retirement revelation.

Serene Williams, one of the leading ladies in Tennis, will also look to strengthen her game on the court and pull herself out of the controversies that sparked during the US Open final.

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Murray's career is expected to be finished in a matter of months.

"But yeah, sure, like a Wimbledon stands out as maybe a place, but there are actually also many others".

"Our trajectory to the professional tennis world was pretty much similar", Djokovic said.

"Tennis will come to an end for us all but the friendships will last a lifetime", tweeted tennis player Grigor Dimitrov".

"We're trying to increase the number of players that are able to travel around the world, not just cover expenses, have the full team, have a decent living out of the sport that they play".

"If I am not feeling good, I will not be here", the 17-times Grand Slam champion said at Melbourne Park on Saturday."I have good feelings in terms of the surgery that I have in the foot".

Murray said he'd spoken extensively to long-time doubles star Bob Bryan about recovering from a similar operation, but couldn't see himself recovering to be fit enough for singles and he wasn't considering transitioning to doubles.

Nadal said: "Of course it's very bad news". He's a legend of this sport, without a doubt - multiple Grand Slam victor, two golds from Olympic Games, Davis Cup.

"Anyone who has seen Andy around the courts and the ground, will know even walking is painful, clearly that hip is giving him a lot of pain".

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