One of the ‘Big Four’ contenders, Andy Murray will be bid his adieu to tennis probably on his home turf of SW19 in London. His prolonged hip injury and the unbearable pain in his body have compelled him to take this decision. As and when he announced his retirement from tennis, the WTA ladies paid their homage to the Brit by tweeting their heartfelt messages.
His compatriot, Johanna Konta applauded the efforts by the 31-old-year Scot for standing on the women’s side fought for equal their equal rights. “There has been so many examples of when he has stood up for us not just for women’s tennis but women, in general, I think he has also been blessed with two daughters so I think he’s grown up with a really strong female role model with his mum as well and I know his wife is also a strong character so he is surrounded by great strong women”, Konta complimented the Briton.
Another fellow nation, Heather Watson articulated her esteem regards towards the Scottish man, “Boys are going to fight for boys because that’s the field they’re in, girls will fight for girls – so to have a guy fighting for women’s rights is pretty cool,” she said. “I’m just grateful that I’ve been able to get to know him, share the court with him in the Hopman Cup a couple of times and at the Olympics. He’s an awesome person.”
Other WTA women, including Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Kim Clijsters and Billie Jean King tweeted their profound feelings towards Murray. Most of them were shattered upon hearing his decision of putting an end to his professional career and outpoured her emotions. The Australian, Sam Stosur associated him as the advocate for the WTA women.
Thank you for being such an inspiration @andy_murray ?
Your hard work and perseverance taught me so much.
Hopefully you get to retire on our favourite court @wimbledon.
We will all be cheering for you these next few months ? pic.twitter.com/EyYy2z71Ii
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) January 11, 2019
So sad to hear this ?. A true champion. https://t.co/TSWoUI2vhR
— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) January 11, 2019
.@andy_murray You are a champion on and off the court. So sorry you cannot retire on your own terms, but remember to look to the future. Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations. Much love to you & your family. https://t.co/AQUOP3LGec
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 11, 2019
— Roberta Vinci (@roberta_vinci) January 11, 2019
— Donna Vekic (@DonnaVekic) January 11, 2019
— Timea Bacsinszky (@TimeaOfficial) January 11, 2019
— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) January 11, 2019
— Kristina Mladenovic (@KikiMladenovic) January 11, 2019
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) January 11, 2019
Sam Stosur on Andy Murray:
"He's been a fantastic player, champion. I mean, he's been a massive advocate for women's tennis and women's sport in general. I know in the locker room whenever we hear him kinda stick up for us, we're like, 'Yeah, go Andy!"
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 11, 2019
Just heard about @andymurray press conference and my heart breaks to hear that.Truly inspiration for everyone,role model for boys and girls,fighter in every aspects,who was always standing in our corner.Really hope he will make it through to Wimbledon.Keep strong Andy.
— Elena Vesnina (@EVesnina001) January 11, 2019
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Keep fighting Andy, you’re got a heart of pure gold! You’re most definitely one of the most liked and respected players on the tour. I know all of us girls in the locker room are in awe & so grateful for how you always fight in our corner! Thank you so much for that. You inspire me in so many ways and I don’t want you to go!! Stay strong and keep fighting ? it’s pretty nerve racking playing with you because you’re pretty gosh darn Awesome (with a capital A)? but jheez am I so grateful I have!