Andy Murray posed for an emotional picture with mum Judy just hours after he broke down in tears when revealing that he will end his incredible tennis career at Wimbledon later this year after failing to overcome a devastating hip injury.
After leaving the emotional media gathering in Melbourne, Murray returned to his hotel and embraced the person who set him on the path to tennis greatness.
Posing for a selfie together on Instagram, Murray wrote: ‘Best way to feel better after a tough day is a big cuddle from your mum.
‘Genuinely been very touched by all of the messages and support from everybody today.
‘It means a lot and has made me feel much more positive than when I woke this morning. Thank you so much.’
The Scot still plans to take his place in the Melbourne draw, but did not rule out walking away from the sport if he loses in the first round.
It would bring down the curtain on one of the great British sporting careers, one that has seen him win three Grand Slams, two Olympic golds and the Davis Cup.
The announcement was met with shock and sadness from the tennis world, with former icons such as Billie Jean King and Andy Roddick calling the Brit a ‘great champion’ and ‘absolute legend’.
He sounded very pessimistic that it would be the kind of surgery that would not allow him to play again. He even ruled out the idea of becoming a doubles player, which would require less movement.
‘I have a severely damaged right hip,’ was Murray’s conclusion. ‘The pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing.’
He also spoke of the mental turmoil of having to answer questions about his health: ‘Everyone I bump into that’s all they want to talk about, it’s pretty draining. I have spoken to psychologists about it. It’s not fun or enjoyable.’
Murray’s career highlights include two Wimbledons, a US Open title and two Olympic gold medals, at London and Rio.
He also carried Great Britain to victory in the 2015 Davis Cup, winning eleven matches over four rounds under the old format.