Football legend Roy Keane sends a wonderful message to Andy Murray

The former world number 1 has done his best to return to the highest level

by Simone Brugnoli
Football legend Roy Keane sends a wonderful message to Andy Murray
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Andy Murray was a great champion and managed to win many titles despite the presence in the same era of three legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. During his long career, the Scotsman has won three Grand Slam titles and has been the World number 1 thanks to a truly amazing 2016.

Andy Murray, Wimbledon 2024
Andy Murray, Wimbledon 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Andy’s career seemed to have ended in 2019 due to a serious hip injury, in fact the British champion had announced his retirement during the Australian Open. The hip surgery allowed Murray to have a second career, in which he did not achieve the same results as his 'prime' period.

The former world number 1 has done his best to return to the highest level, but has not been able to undermine the top players and be dangerous in the Grand Slam tournaments. The three-time Grand Slam champion suffered a severe back injury early in the season on grass and operated to try and play Wimbledon, but had to give up the singles a few hours after his debut. Andy greeted Wimbledon fans by playing doubles alongside his brother Jamie, with whom he was defeated in the first round on Centre Court. After the defeat, Murray burst into tears and received a beautiful tribute from the legends of tennis and its greatest rivals.

Roy Keane pays tribute to Andy Murray

During the latest edition of the podcast 'Stick To Football', Manchester United legend Roy Keane praised Andy Murray: "Andy Murray retiring from tennis isn’t sad news at all," insisted Keane. "He’s 37 years old, had a brilliant career but had plenty of injuries, so he should count his blessings that he’s had such a successful career.

"He must have been crying... although it’s okay to cry. That’s not sad news (Murray returning). It’s good news. He’s got a lovely family. Good luck to him. He had a brilliant career. They talk about him playing in a great era... we were up against the great Barcelona. Oh my God. He could have been with Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe!"

Andy Murray, Wimbledon 2024
Andy Murray, Wimbledon 2024© Pool / Pool - Getty Images Sport

Beautiful words from a legend of the glass, which show how much Andy has entered the hearts of people thanks to his perseverance and his ability to never give up. The Scotsman was also expected to play mixed doubles with Emma Raducanu, but the 2021 US Open champion withdrew with the anger of fans. Many did not like his behavior and received several criticisms in recent days.

"Unfortunately I woke up with some stiffness in my right wrist this morning, so therefore I have decided to make the very tough decision to withdraw from the mixed doubles tonight," Raducanu explained via the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). "I’m disappointed as I was really looking forward to playing with Andy but got to take care."

Many beautiful tributes

Among the first players to praise the greatness of Murray was his great rival Novak Djokovic, with whom he created many exciting battles. The 24-time Grand Slam champion has always had a great relationship with 'Muzza', having shared with him most of his career.

"I think there is only maybe one week difference in age. Our trajectory to the professional tour and top of the men's game is pretty similar. I mean, not much was separating our careers. We played some incredible matches all over the world, finals of different Grand Slams, all Grand Slams actually. I played him in finals of all Grand Slams, which I think maybe could be the only player I faced in the finals of all Grand Slams. Maybe Rafa. I'm not sure. He's definitely one of the three guys, other than Roger and Rafa, that really has impacted my career and my growth as a tennis player a lot” – Nole said.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray© Francois Nel / Staff Getty Images Sport

The Scotsman has put a strain on his body in recent years and the hope is that he can live peacefully without pain. The former World number 1 has a wonderful family and is destined to do great things even in his 'second life' after tennis.

Young American Coco Gauff also paid tribute to Murray: ”I just watched a video about him correcting reporters on statistics. It’s something that as a female player, you’ll see a lot where people will be like ‘this guy was the first player to do this.’ And it’s like well, Serena and Venus did it… Or another player did it ages ago. Or like the first American… and I’m like ‘I did it. Jess did it.’ I really appreciate him, not only him, also his mother for everything they’ve done for equality for women’s sports.”

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