Jamie Murray believes the on-court tributes to his brother Andy following his Australian Open exit were ‘a little bit odd’ as he aims to continue playing.
Sat alongside mother Judy in the Melbourne Arena on Monday night, the British doubles specialist watched on as Murray lost out in a dramatic five-set match to Roberto Bautista Agut, in what potentially could be the 31-year-old’s final competitive match.
A video was played after the match to Murray whilst on court, with farewell tributes being played from ‘Big Four’ members Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who were leading the tributes for the two-time Wimbledon champion.
Jamie admitted he found the whole situation rather strange, considering the fact his brother has yet to decide on his future.
“A little bit yes, because he hadn’t said that he was going to stop, and obviously had the stuff at the Australian Open put on for him and the players saying goodbye as if that was him done,” said the 32-year-old to reporters on Wednesday.
"It was a little bit odd, but I understand why tournaments do that because if he doesn’t come back, then they want to give him a send off and show their appreciation for what he has done.
“This tournament especially, he has played five Grand Slam finals here which is remarkable.”
With Murray due to have a hip operation, it is unknown whether or not he will be able to continue.
However, Jamie is convinced his brother would be satisfied if the epic with Bautista Agut was his final match.
“It was obviously a difficult week for Andy, but he had a great match, the support he got from start to finish was incredible.
“He’s had an incredible career and I’m sure he’ll go down as a legend in this sport.”