Andy Murray announces impending retirement from tennis – live!
- Murray reveals decision at emotional press conference
- Former world No 1 could retire after Australian Open
- Email Mike or tweet @mike_hytner with your thoughts
After Murray called for female players to get equal billing on the show courts at Wimbledon in 2017, his words prompted the Guardian’s Zoe Williams to write:[Murray] is the No 1 internal critic of the tennis patriarchy. Like a socialist needs Warren Buffett to criticise shareholders, a feminist needs Andy Murray to criticise tennis.
Related: Andy Murray: the feminist that tennis needs
Murray isn’t just an incredible athlete. His advocacy for gender equality in sport over the course of his career, and in particular in recent years, has been unrivalled. He will be sorely missed on the men’s circuit but his absence will be equally felt on the women’s side of the game.
Devastated by this news. @andy_murray is a true champion – honest, fair, determined. First major male tennis star to employ female coach, defender of equal pay for women etc etc. Sad day for tennis, and me. Loved watching him play https://t.co/8Yz6WZFLOt