Sad to see ten­nis ace Mur­ray go

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - OPINION -

Mod­ern sport is all about drama, much of it con­trived. So it was heart-rend­ing to see Scots ten­nis star Andy Mur­ray fight­ing off the tears at a press con­fer­ence at which he an­nounced this is prob­a­bly his last year in the pro­fes­sional game. Mur­ray was the first British man to win Wim­ble­don in 77 years and bat­tled his way to the top in an era where some of the finest play­ers in the his­tory of the game – Roger Fed­erer, No­vak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – were his op­po­nents.

The 31-year-old has been bat­tling for some time with a se­ri­ous hip in­jury, which forced him to take time out for surgery last year. After com­ing back to the court in June last year, he ad­mit­ted: “I can play with lim­i­ta­tions. But hav­ing the lim­i­ta­tions and the pain is not al­low­ing me to en­joy com­pet­ing or train­ing.”

He said he hopes to make it to Wim­ble­don again this year, but re­al­is­ti­cally, the up­com­ing Aus­tralian Open may be his last tour­na­ment.

Mur­ray’s phys­i­cal demise is a re­minder about the phys­i­cal de­mands of sport at the high­est level – big re­wards, but equally big risks.

It will be sad to see the pug­na­cious Scot go.

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