Andy Murray bluntly shuts down columnist's take, Andy Roddick reacts

Murray noticed a column questioning whether it makes sense for him to continue to play.

by Dzevad Mesic
Andy Murray bluntly shuts down columnist's take, Andy Roddick reacts
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Andy Murray wasn't impressed at all after reading about a column questioning whether it's time for him to walk away from pro tennis and if he is starting to damage his legacy by continuing to play while his results are far from great. 

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is 0-3 to start the new season, having suffered first-round exits at the Brisbane International, Australian Open, and Montpellier. This week, Murray suffered a 2-6 7-6 (5) 6-3 loss to world No. 112 Benoit Paire. 

After Murray sustained his ninth loss in the last 10 matches, BBC columnist Kheredine Idessane wondered if Murray's latest loss and recent results are a clear signal that the end is near for the former world No. 1. Also, Idessane suggested that Murray continuing like this could potentially start to do "more harm than good."

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"Tarnishing my legacy? Do me a favour. I’m in a terrible moment right now I’ll give you that. Most people would quit and give up in my situation right now. But I’m not most people and my mind works differently. I won’t quit. I will keep fighting and working to produce the performances I know I’m capable of," Murray wrote on X.

Andy Roddick comes to Murray's defense 

Andy Roddick, a former world No. 1 and the 2003 US Open champion, agreed with Murray's reaction. 

"Preach!  Imagine telling an accomplished iconic adult your opinion on what they should choose for work and when they should do it …. This is such a dumb, thirsty article. Can’t take a legacy away. Accomplishment lives forever," Roddick wrote on X. 

In the remainder of his February schedule, Murray has an ATP 250 event in Doha and an ATP 500 tournament in Dubai. After starting the season with three defeats, there is no doubt that Murray will be looking to get some momentum and wins in Doha and Dubai ahead of the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami.

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