Australian Open tribute for Andy Murray surprises brother Jamie

Jamie Murray found the Australian Open's tribute for Andy Murray "odd" after his 31-year-old brother hinted at a possible Melbourne return.

Published : Jan 16, 2019 10:05 IST

Former world number one Andy Murray
Former world number one Andy Murray

Former world number one Andy Murray

Tributes for Andy Murray at the Australian Open came as a surprise to brother Jamie, with the three-time grand slam champion yet to retire.

Murray potentially played his last match at the Australian Open following Monday's spirited five-set defeat to 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne due to a debilitating hip injury.

Former world number one Murray revealed plans to retire at Wimbledon - where he has won two of his three majors - if he made it through the year's opening slam, and the Australian Open reacted by playing an emotional tribute video on court after the gallant loss.

However, Jamie Murray found the tribute - which included messages from Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal - "odd" after his 31-year-old brother hinted at a possible return to Melbourne Park.

"Was it awkward? A little bit yes, because he hadn't said that he was going to stop then, and the stuff the Australian Open put on for him and the players saying goodbye was as if that was him done," said Jamie Murray, who is seeded third alongside Bruno Soares for the men's doubles in Melbourne.

"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's played five grand slam finals here which is a remarkable achievement really."

Jamie Murray added: "It was obviously a difficult week for Andy and for the family, but he had a great match the other night. There was a great atmosphere, great reception from the crowd. The support that he got from start to finish was incredible.

"If it is his last Australian Open then that's a great way for him to finish and I'm sure he'll be more than happy with that. He's had an incredible career with a lot of remarkable moments on the tennis court, and the things he's been able to achieve and performances that he's been able to come up with and the titles and everything that he's won.

"I'm sure he'll go down as a legend in this sport."

Andy Murray is still to decide on potential career-ending surgery, having gone under the knife in 2018, and Jamie is just hoping for a pain-free life for his sibling.

"He's obviously got to go and do his surgery, which is a pretty big surgery to get. Other athletes have done that surgery and come back to do their sport – I don't know how successfully or at what level they're playing at," Jamie Murray, 32, said.

"Bob Bryan's had the surgery that Andy's got and he's back playing now, but obviously it's a lot easier to do that in doubles rather than singles. So, we'll see.

"For me, I just hope that, whatever happens, he can get back to just regular life, pain-free, and be able to enjoy himself and not be in constant pain. If he's able to come back and play tennis, if that's what he wants to do, then I'm sure he'll give it everything he can.

"But I think for me it's just important that he gets back to regular life and be able to do what he wants to do. I hope obviously if he does get surgery that that does go well for him."

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