Tears, succeed and chaos. Andy Murray has packed plenty of each into his fitness career.
But now the ending is close – and may even come next week.
A three-time Grand Slam winner and twotime Olympic gold medallist,”’Sir Andy’ has had us out of emotional highs to gut-wrenching lows throughout his 14-year livelihood.
Here is seven times Murray made us laugh, cry – or just feel joyful.
When he lost in the Wimbledon final
Grand Slam final number four to Murray was the huge one. Wimbledon. Centre Court. His home crowd. His competitor? SW19 favourite Roger Federer.
Murray was trying to become the first British man since 1936 to win the singles title. Federer had beaten him in two Grand Slam finals – and also Murray had not even won a collection.
This time, he won the first. But the rain, both the nerves, and Federer’s determination, kicked in and the SWISs won in four places.
The two hugged. Subsequently Murray stepped up to the mic:
As the crowd gave him a standing ovation, Murray cried.
He explained he”felt just like I was playing for the state – and I couldn’t quite get it done”.
Murray’s tears transferred everyone else – plus he thinks they earned him the esteem of people.
8 weeks later, he beat Federer to win Olympic gold. At the close of the year, he was a Grand Slam winner.
When he fought almost five hours to acquire his initial major
Murray was not always popular with the general public.
A joke regarding supporting”whoever England were playing ” at the 2006 World Cup was shot the incorrect way by most.
But the tears in Wimbledon and his Olympic success shifted perceptions.
Murray won the first two collections however Djokovic forced a decider.
This time the Scot held his guts. After the disappointment of Wimbledon, it was his time.
When he won Wimbledon and rewrote history
Seventy seven decades of hurt. Seventy seven years as a British man had won the Wimbledon singles title. Murray shifted that.
Facing 15,000 fans on Centre Court, and thousands more packed to Murray Mound (formerly Henman Hill)that he fought Djokovic once more again.
It was sexy, the coNFLict was ferocious – and Murray allowed three championship points slide out of his grasp. Wimbledon gasped.
But this is really an alternative Murray.
Djokovic was defeated, Murray was Wimbledon winner – 7 7 decades of hurt banished into history.
When he ruled 2016 and also became the world number 1
Murray began 2016 by hitting the Australian Open final, where he lost to Djokovic.
He stopped it by beating the Serb to displace him towards the top of the world rankings and acquire the season-ending ATP Tour finals.
2016 had been Murray’s year.
He became the first player to successfully defend an Olympic singles title. He won nine of the 13 finals. He won his final 2 4 games of the season. And he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time – despite wife Kim voting for show jumper Nick Skelton.
When he championed women’s equality and challenged sexism
“I have been asked concerning women’s summit,” Murray wrote in 2017,”and I’d find it tough to look any one of the top female Tennis players at the eye if I did not speak my mind.”
Murray has regularly spoken of the need for equality in sport. He was the initial leading male player to hire a lady coach – Amelie Mauresmo linking his group from 2014.
Both Murray and Mauresmo were criticised – one male player even sent Murray sexist texts about his coach – but the Scot over repeatedly described he had hired her to get her experience as a twotime Slam winner.
At a piece for the BBC, Murray explained female Tennis players produced the Exact sacrifices as guys, and when he adjusted a journalist’s”casual sexism” in Wimbledon at 2017, a joyful mum moment followed:
When he ruled social websites
Whether it was posing with Santa or even showing off his fashion sense, Murray mastered Twitter and Insta-gram.
The Scot took fans behind the scenes of his own life tour: he offered tickets into a fan to see his first-round game in Melbourne after seeing a post online, he’s answered questions, shared his workout sessions and generally been somewhat tongue in cheek wherever potential.
If he fell and struck a commemorative plate