Tennis greats Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic commented on the announced retirement of British colleague Andy Murray due to a lingering hip injury, speaking at a press conference in Melbourne on Sunday, as part of the 2019 Australian Open.
Federer said he was disappointed, sad and shocked to hear of the retirement, adding that he wishes for Murray to put in a great performance at the tournament in Australia, and to be able to retire at Wimbledon.
Djokovic echoed Federer's sadness for Murray's retirement, saying, "Andy is very respected and likeable guy around the locker room and he's a great champion, a legend of this sport without a doubt."
The Serb stated that he could understand Murray's decision, as he also struggled with a major injury recently. "I can probably relate a little bit to what he's going through but I think his injury of the hips is something probably; not probably, but certainly far more worse than my injury, cause it's obviously something that he's been carrying for a while, for a couple of years and he's unable, even after several surgeries, to get back to the desired level."
"It's really hard to see him going through those emotions as well on the court and off the court as well, in front of you guys the other day. He touched us all definitely and I definitely wish him a painless future in whatever shape or form that is, on or off the court as well," said Djokovic.
The 2019 edition of the traditional Australian Open is taking place January 7 - 27.