Murray honored as he nears end of Wimbledon career

Andy Murray, 37, was given a hero's reception as he appeared with his brother Jamie in a doubles match at Wimbledon Thursday, although the twosome fell in straight sets. Still, the appearance gave the crowd a chance to celebrate the two-time men's singles champ.



July 5, 2024 - 2:22 PM

Andy Murray of Great Britain waves to the crowd on Centre Court following the Gentlemen’s Doubles first round match with Jamie Murray against Rinky Hijikata and John Peers of Australia during day four of The Championships Wimbledon 2024 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2024, in London, England. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images/TNS

LONDON — A tearful Andy Murray was honored on Centre Court in one of the final moments of his Wimbledon career.

The 37-year-old was given a hero’s reception as he began his last appearance alongside his brother Jamie in the men’s doubles but the pair were beaten by Rinky Hijikata and John Peers.

Murray still has mixed doubles to come with Emma Raducanu but the All England Club took the opportunity to celebrate his historic career.

Loud cheers greeted the return to Centre Court of Sue Barker along with greats of the game like John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Murray’s great rival Novak Djokovic.

But the loudest ovation was, of course, reserved for Murray, who could not hold back the tears after a video montage telling the story of his career, with contributions from Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, played on the screens.

“The last few years have been hard for me but I think hard for (my team),” an emotional Murray told Barker.

“Yeah, it has obviously been hard for all of us. The injuries have been tough, quite significant injuries and we’ve worked extremely hard just to be on the court competing. Probably not at the level any of us wanted, but we tried.

“It was obviously really special (to play with Jamie). We never got chance to do it before and the way things worked out, there was a chance. Jamie’s usual partner played with Neal Skupski, he asked me and it was a bit of a race to get out here. Physically it wasn’t easy but I am glad we did it.

“Look it is hard because I would love to keep playing but I can’t. Physically it is too tough now, all of the injuries, they have added up and they haven’t been insignificant.

“I want to play forever, I love the sport and it’s given me so much. It’s taught me loads of lessons over the years I can use for the rest of my life. I don’t want to stop so it is hard.”

In a video published by Wimbledon earlier, Murray was filmed writing a postcard to himself as a wild-haired teenager about to make his first appearance.

“Number one: Get a haircut. Number two: Get some clothes that fit. And three: Try to enjoy it, it will be gone before you know it,” he wrote.

Nearly 20 years later, Murray’s final rodeo on the most important stage of all has arrived. Denied the chance to play singles by his troublesome back, the Scot fittingly signed up for a fraternal pairing before adding mixed doubles.

The excitement fizzing around Centre Court was reminiscent of the atmosphere before a final rather than a first-round doubles match, which are usually relegated to the outside courts in the gloaming.

The brothers’ father Willie made a rare appearance in their support box along with mother Judy, Andy’s wife Kim and his oldest two daughters, 8-year-old Sophia and 6-year-old Edie.

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