There was sad news for Andy Murray fans all over the tennis world last week when the three-time Grand Slam winner signalled his intention to draw his illustrious career to a close due to a chronic hip injury.
The 32-year-old, who has been criticised for his dour demeanour and poor body language throughout his career, really let his emotions flow for everyone to see at his press conference before the Australian Open, where he outlined his playing future was especially grim due to the injury.
Murray was initially troubled by the hip injury in the mid-part of the 2017 season, which saw him miss the latter part of that season as well as the first part of 2018, only returning for the Queen's Club tournament.
While the hopes were promising about a Wimbledon return, Murray knew his body wasn't ready for the grind of best of five sets, and he withdrew on the eve of the tournament.
The veteran did make his Grand Slam return at the US Open, but his lack of big matches showed as he was defeated by Fernando Verdasco in the second round.
Knowing that his first round clash against Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut could be the last time he steps onto a tennis court in a professional setting, Murray gave everything he could, fighting back from two sets down to take the game into a deciding set.
It was a magnificent effort to even get that far as it seemed at times he could barely move such was the agony he was in.
The 22nd seed was by far the fitter of the two and that showed in the fifth set, but for many, there was only one winner out there.
The five-time Aussie Open runner-up was emotional once more after the game and was touched by a video tribute by his fellow professionals.
He later spoke of some regrets surrounding his training routine, admitting that he pushed himself too hard at times.
However, that passion and determination made Murray the player he was.
Murray is renowned as one of the best return of serves and all-round defensive players the game had seen.
Despite being 6 foot 3 (191 cm), the Scot was remarkably agile for his height, with terrific court speed.
While many players would look to save energy, Murray was not a believer in giving free points away as this video compilation shows.
Whether we see Murray take to the court at Wimbledon or not, it is fair to say he has given all tennis fans plenty of fantastic memories to remember him by.
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