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Friday, 11 January 2019

What sport should learn from raw Murray


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Sports fans are crying out for genuine, honest athletes, athletes who are prepared to be raw.

Look no further than Andy Murray, it took guts to do what he did on Friday. Fronting the media and painfully announcing his looming retirement.

An optimist would say at Wimbledon, a realist, just after the Australian Open.

This is clearly a decision he never wanted to make. It's been a daily presence in his life, almost every interaction he has, his ongoing hip injury is the focal point.

"I've talked a lot I mean way too much about my hip for 18 months pretty much, I mean it's a daily thing," Murray revealed.

"It isn't just people that I work with that ask me, it's everyone, so everyone that I bump into, that's all I talk about and it's pretty draining."

People's ability to endure hardship has a lot to do about their ability to remain positive and clearly Murray is running on fumes.

"I've spoken, not loads but a number of times, to psychologists about it, but nothing helps because you are in lots and lots of pain and you can't do what it is you want to do or love doing."

There's no shortage of story lines heading into next week's Australian Open. Just how good is Ash Barty? Which Nick Kygrios will step onto the court? Can Federer win three titles in a row?

And now a new one, will Andy Murray make it through the tournament and finish his career at home, at Wimbledon?

Only three years ago, he was in the same conversation as the three modern greats in the men's game. We were talking about the 'Big Four'.

Three grand slams, the first Brit to win Wimbledon in more than 75 years, a former world number one.

His career should be remembered for that and for the strength of character it took Friday to accept a difficult truth.

I hope he makes it to Wimbledon, he deserves to exit the game on his terms.

* Mike Lorigan is a sports reporter for Nine News in Canberra and regional NSW. Follow him on Twitter @mikelorigan

Sports fans are crying out for genuine, honest athletes, athletes who are prepared to be raw.

Look no further than Andy Murray, it took guts to do what he did on Friday. Fronting the media and painfully announcing his looming retirement.

An optimist would say at Wimbledon, a realist, just after the Australian Open.

This is clearly a decision he never wanted to make. It's been a daily presence in his life, almost every interaction he has, his ongoing hip injury is the focal point.

"I've talked a lot I mean way too much about my hip for 18 months pretty much, I mean it's a daily thing," Murray revealed.

"It isn't just people that I work with that ask me, it's everyone, so everyone that I bump into, that's all I talk about and it's pretty draining."

People's ability to endure hardship has a lot to do about their ability to remain positive and clearly Murray is running on fumes.

"I've spoken, not loads but a number of times, to psychologists about it, but nothing helps because you are in lots and lots of pain and you can't do what it is you want to do or love doing."

There's no shortage of story lines heading into next week's Australian Open. Just how good is Ash Barty? Which Nick Kygrios will step onto the court? Can Federer win three titles in a row?

And now a new one, will Andy Murray make it through the tournament and finish his career at home, at Wimbledon?

Only three years ago, he was in the same conversation as the three modern greats in the men's game. We were talking about the 'Big Four'.

Three grand slams, the first Brit to win Wimbledon in more than 75 years, a former world number one.

His career should be remembered for that and for the strength of character it took Friday to accept a difficult truth.

I hope he makes it to Wimbledon, he deserves to exit the game on his terms.

* Mike Lorigan is a sports reporter for Nine News in Canberra and regional NSW. Follow him on Twitter @mikelorigan

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