After Andy Murray announced his retirement plans in a press conference around the time of the Australian Open, we look back on his greatest achievements in tennis.
Murray, who has been suffering from a hip problem, had surgery to try and mitigate the effects of it whilst continuing to play at the highest level.
However, in a press conference shortly before his fixture in the Australian Open, he told his team that he “can’t keep doing this”, and plans to quit after competing at Wimbledon this year.
He did admit that the Australian Open could have been his last tournament, with the Scotsman suffering majorly with this condition.
The former world number one has had plenty to cheer about during his career including Olympic Gold medals and Wimbledon titles, so here are some of the key highlights in his glittering career that has lasted over a decade.
1. Reaching the 2008 US Open Final aged just 21
YouTube: CBS ● Federer v Murray ● Final US Open 2008 60fps HD Highlights
Roger Federer defeated Murray in straight sets to take the 2008 US Open crown. This game was a tough ask for the Brit, with Federer winning the same competition four years consecutively before his meeting with Murray. However, this was still an impressive achievement by Murray who was aged just 21 at the time.
2. Reaching his first Wimbledon Final in 2012
YouTube: Murray v Federer Wimbledon Final 2012 – BBC Pre-Match Montage
Even though Murray lost to Roger Federer in this 2012 final (in four sets), it gave him the motivation to go on and win the championship the next year in 2013. This pre-match montage by the BBC showed the magnitude of that game, and the strength of Murray to overcome this defeat was commendable.
3. Winning the Gold Medal at the 2012 London Olympics
YouTube: Andy Murray Defeats Roger Federer For Olympic Tennis Gold – London 2012 Olympics
In my opinion, this was a defining moment for Murray’s career. He had the home crowd behind him at the 2012 London Olympics, which pushed him on to beat Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. His gold medal helped GB add to their total medals tally in the home Olympics.
4. Winning a 2012 London Olympics Mixed Doubles Silver Medal with Laura Robson
YouTube: Azarenka & Mirnyi Defeat Robson & Murray – Tennis Mixed Doubles Final | London 2012 Olympics
Murray was a hero again at the 2012 Olympics, winning a mixed doubles silver medal with fellow Brit Laura Robson. The pair won the opening set, before Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi levelled. The Belarusians went on to win the tie break 10-8.
5. Winning the 2012 US Open against Novak Djokovic
YouTube: Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic US Open 2012 highlights
Novak Djokovic and Murray faced off in the 2012 US Open final, with the latter winning a marathon match by three sets to two. Murray won the first two sets before the Serbian won the next two, but a fifth set domination handed the title to the Scottish hopeful (7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2).
6. Winning Wimbledon for the first time in 2013
YouTube: Andy Murray wins Wimbledon 2013 title
Murray overcame Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-final and then Jerzy Janowicz in the last four to reach the final of Wimbledon in 2013. Novak Djokovic stood between him and the title he wanted so much. The match was decided in straight sets in Murray’s favour (6-4, 7-5, 6-4).
7. Winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a third time in 2016
Winning this trophy for the third time shows how many people he has inspired and how far he has come as an athlete. Great competitors from all sports are in contention for this prize every year, so the fact that Andy Murray won this a record three times just shows what impact he has made on the British sporting world.
8. 2016 Wimbledon Win
Murray won Wimbledon for the second time in 2016 after overcoming fellow finalist Milos Raonic in straight sets (6-4, 7-6, 7-6). Novak Djokovic was knocked out in the third round that year, and Roger Federer lost out in the semi-final to finalist Raonic. It took five sets for Murray to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-final, despite easily beating Tomas Berdych in the semis to set up his meeting with Raonic.
9. Retaining his Olympic Men’s Singles title to win gold in Rio
YouTube: The Last Point for Andy Murray’s Incredible Double Olympic Gold | Rio 2016
There was the chance for Murray to retain his Olympic title in the Rio 2016 games. This is an opportunity he took with both hands. In all fairness, he did not face any major names in the tournament until it came to the final. South American Juan Martin del Potro would have been used to these conditions in Brazil, however Murray was the man who came out on top in four sets (7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5).
10. His retirement announcement and subsequent reaction
YouTube: ‘Thank you Andy Murray’: Australian Open players pay touching tribute
You may think this is not exactly a ‘career highlight’. However, the reaction from the sporting world over social media is a testament to his major impact on tennis. It really showed how important he is to the sport.
He will be missed when he does decide to retire. Hopefully, he can play one last Wimbledon Championship!