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by M.G. Siegler

 

Andy Murray to Retire From Tennis This Season, Citing Constant Hip Pain

www.wsj.com

Tom Perrotta:

Murray, from Scotland, won three major titles. He made history in 2013, when he became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. He won the title for a second time in 2016, the year he also lifted his ranking to No. 1 in the world. The other major title came at the U.S. Open in 2012, after beating Djokovic in the final. Murray won in five sets in a tense and taxing match.
In other eras, a player as talented as Murray would have won more titles. He played in 11 major finals, and 10 of those were against either Djokovic or Federer. He lost eight of them. Murray played at least once in all four Grand Slam finals, and appeared in the Australian Open final five times.
But as powerful as Murray could be in the four majors, he couldn’t keep up with the other three stars. Federer has won 20 majors, the most ever in men’s tennis. Nadal has won 17, including 11 at the French Open. Djokovic, who won two majors last year, now has 14. The overall dominance of these men, for so many years, has never happened before in tennis.

Horrible news. As the fourth of the "Big Four" (per above), the greatness of Murray was often overshadowed. But just look at the stat about 10 major finals against either Djokovic or Federer -- not just two of the best ever: they will likely end up as number one and number two in terms of majors won -- in a different time, the story would have been very different for him.

He still won 3. Which is one of the most impressive accomplishments in tennis, in my opinion, given the era and the absolute reign of the "Big 3". Watching him win Wimbledon -- and then to do it again -- was truly something to behold. Wish he had more time to play. 🎾

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