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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Legend's extraordinary claim about Murray's legacy


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Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge has described Andy Murray as "an absolute beast" who would have had Andre Agassi type success in another era after the Scotsman shocked the sporting world with a bombshell retirement announcement on Friday.

Speaking exclusively to Wide World of Sports, Woodbridge revealed he wasn't a fan of players announcing their retirement in advance but said in Murray's case it was "a fair thing to do" because it laid bare the pain he was in every time he takes the court.

"The saddest part about a sport’s person’s end is you want to end on your own terms," Woodbridge said.

"You don’t want the media pushing you out saying you’re done and you also don’t want your body to not allow you to finish when it’s your choice to finish.

"It’s an unfortunate way to go out but when he looks back I think it’s been a phenomenal career."

Murray won two Wimbledon titles, a US Open and two Olympic gold medals in an arguably the greatest era for men's tennis, competing against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in their prime.

Woodbridge said Murray's Wimbledon wins were among the greatest achievements possible in the game given the extreme scrutiny British athletes get from their public, with the doubles legend in awe of the two-time winner at the All England Club's ability to deal with pressure.

"He won two Wimbledons and to win Wimbeldon as a Brit I think is one of the best sporting achievements because not only did he have to deal with the pressures of winning a grand slam but dealing with the English media and the expectation of that country on their sportspeople is bigger than any other country in the world," Woodbridge said.

"So he’s dealt with enormous pressure to win that twice."

Only time will tell where history places Murray in the pantheon of great tennis players but pressed on what he could have achieved had he not had to contend with Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, Woodbridge said a figure of eight grand slam titles wouldn't have been beyond him.

"You never know the answer to that, he may not have won any more but he may have been a six to seven type of player Woodbridge hypothesised.

"Probably he would have been an Agassi. I think the way that he dealt with pressure is something extraordinary."

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Having revealed how much of a physical battle it is for him just to get on the court, expectations for Murray's last days, weeks or months of his career will significantly drop in the eyes of the press and the public.

That may pave the way for a fairytale run at either the Australian Open or Wimbledon and according to Woodbridge it will ensure his end will be more enjoyable.

"I think it will allow him to enjoy the next few months as opposed to being tortured by other people’s expectations, it will lower what others think he can do," Woodbridge said.

"I think for him that’s a good thing, he doesn’t have to worry about people thinking ‘is he going to win the tournament? Is he going to get back to number one?’ The expectations will be more realistic now."

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Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge has described Andy Murray as "an absolute beast" who would have had Andre Agassi type success in another era after the Scotsman shocked the sporting world with a bombshell retirement announcement on Friday.

Speaking exclusively to Wide World of Sports, Woodbridge revealed he wasn't a fan of players announcing their retirement in advance but said in Murray's case it was "a fair thing to do" because it laid bare the pain he was in every time he takes the court.

"The saddest part about a sport’s person’s end is you want to end on your own terms," Woodbridge said.

"You don’t want the media pushing you out saying you’re done and you also don’t want your body to not allow you to finish when it’s your choice to finish.

"It’s an unfortunate way to go out but when he looks back I think it’s been a phenomenal career."

Murray won two Wimbledon titles, a US Open and two Olympic gold medals in an arguably the greatest era for men's tennis, competing against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in their prime.

Woodbridge said Murray's Wimbledon wins were among the greatest achievements possible in the game given the extreme scrutiny British athletes get from their public, with the doubles legend in awe of the two-time winner at the All England Club's ability to deal with pressure.

"He won two Wimbledons and to win Wimbeldon as a Brit I think is one of the best sporting achievements because not only did he have to deal with the pressures of winning a grand slam but dealing with the English media and the expectation of that country on their sportspeople is bigger than any other country in the world," Woodbridge said.

"So he’s dealt with enormous pressure to win that twice."

Only time will tell where history places Murray in the pantheon of great tennis players but pressed on what he could have achieved had he not had to contend with Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, Woodbridge said a figure of eight grand slam titles wouldn't have been beyond him.

"You never know the answer to that, he may not have won any more but he may have been a six to seven type of player Woodbridge hypothesised.

"Probably he would have been an Agassi. I think the way that he dealt with pressure is something extraordinary."

https://twitter.com/darren_cahill/status/1083524305579794432

https://twitter.com/delpotrojuan/status/1083554349056446465

Having revealed how much of a physical battle it is for him just to get on the court, expectations for Murray's last days, weeks or months of his career will significantly drop in the eyes of the press and the public.

That may pave the way for a fairytale run at either the Australian Open or Wimbledon and according to Woodbridge it will ensure his end will be more enjoyable.

"I think it will allow him to enjoy the next few months as opposed to being tortured by other people’s expectations, it will lower what others think he can do," Woodbridge said.

"I think for him that’s a good thing, he doesn’t have to worry about people thinking ‘is he going to win the tournament? Is he going to get back to number one?’ The expectations will be more realistic now."

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