In an interview to the BBC, the former world No. 4 Tim Henman commented on Andy Murray’s retirement from tennis. Henman praised his compatriot, who definitely brings some memories to Tim as Murray overtook him as the Great Britain’s No.
1 in 2006. “It is sad news, but it doesn’t detract from what an incredible career he has had”, said Henman. “OT has been heading in this direction. I know how hard he has been working – I’ve been able to speak to him at different times and I’m close to Jamie Delgado [Murray’s coach].
With the amount of work he has put in, and we know how professional and diligent he is, 20 months is a long time. And with the nature of the injury there were a lot of people who said this was going to happen at some stage.
He will have ticked every box to give himself the best opportunity to play pain free at the highest level again. But the reality is he won’t be able to do that. In professional tennis terms he has seen there isn’t a fix for this hip problem.” Murray managed to win three Grand Slam titles – 2012 US Open, 2013 Wimbledon, 2016 Wimbledon – one Davis Cup, two Olympic gold medals (2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro) in an amazing era for tennis that featured Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic winning 51 Grand Slam titles combined.
“When you look at the list of his achievements, there are no greater goals you can achieve in our sport”, said Henman. “His development, from someone who joined us at the Davis Cup as a 16-year-old, and the way his game has progressed and the way he has matured physically and mentality, has been incredible to watch.
I know he will be immensely proud of those achievements even though he will be disappointed at the moment.” ALSO READ: Djokovic would beat Roger Federer in Australian Open final – Evert