Andy Murray, 31, introduced on Friday that 2019’s Wimbledon could possibly be his ultimate event. In Friday’s heartbreaking press convention, Andy fought again years as he confirmed he “can’t maintain doing this.” Andy was talking forward of the Australia Open, which he’ll compete in, however acknowledged he isn’t on the stage he’d wish to be as he’s frequently stricken by a hip damage.

After the press convention, Andy acquired an outpouring of help on-line.

British Prime Minister Theresa Might tweeted: “Andy Murray has had a implausible profession and time and time once more has made this nation proud. All of us hope we are able to see way more of him enjoying this 12 months and when he does end, he can be remembered as the most effective and most profitable athletes of his or any technology.”

However whereas his profession was the centre of a lot consideration, many others sought to reward him for one thing else: his lengthy observe file of championing gender equality.

Labour MP Jess Phillips summed it up in her tweet: “Nice participant, regular bloke, and better of all informal feminist.”

US tennis legend Billie Jean King tweeted: “You’re a champion on and off the court docket. So sorry you can’t retire by yourself phrases, however bear in mind to look to the long run. Your best influence on the world could also be but to return. Your voice for equality will encourage future generations. A lot like to you & your loved ones.”

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Andy Murray retirement: Andy acquired an outpouring of help on-line (Picture: Getty)

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Why is he being known as a ‘informal feminist’?

The time period refers to Andy’s means of usually stating on a regular basis sexism in public.

It began when he appointed a lady, Amelie Mauresmo, as his coach in 2014.

It was a transfer that resulted in sexist feedback from many quarters, together with fellow gamers, and Andy says it turned him into an outspoken feminist.

“Working with Amelie was, for me, as a result of she was the precise particular person for the job, and never a query of her intercourse in any respect,” he wrote in a BBC column.

“Nevertheless, it turned clear to me that she wasn’t at all times handled the identical as males in related jobs, and so I felt I needed to communicate out about that.”

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Andy Murray retirement: Friday’s heartbreaking press convention (Picture: Getty)

Andy mentioned he had by no means got down to be a spokesperson for girls’s equality.

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However he felt Mauresmo confronted unfair criticism for his losses – one thing that his earlier male coaches hadn’t skilled.

In a column for French newspaper L’Equipe, he wrote: “Have I turn out to be a feminist? Properly, if being a feminist is about combating so {that a} lady is handled like a person then sure, I suppose I’ve.”

Andy has additionally spoken out usually about feminine tennis gamers deserving to get equal prize cash, saying they sacrifice as a lot as males.

“Anybody who has spent any time with any of the highest ladies will know that they make those self same sacrifices and are as decided and dedicated to successful as any of the highest males on the tour,” he mentioned.

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Andy Murray retirement: His coach, Amelie Mauresmo (Picture: Getty)

He additionally joined Venus Williams in calling for extra ladies’s matches on Wimbledon’s Centre Courtroom – after critics complained {that a} larger variety of males’s matches had been being chosen for the present courts.

“I believe ideally you’d have two males’s and two ladies’s matches on Centre,” he mentioned.

He has additionally challenged journalists who’ve forgotten the achievements of feminine tennis gamers.

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When praised by BBC presenter John Inverdale for changing into the primary particular person to win two Olympic gold medals for tennis in 2016, Andy replied: “Venus and Serena have received 4 every.”

After which the next 12 months at Wimbledon, he interrupted a reporter in his press convention after dropping to American Sam Querrey.

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Andy Murray retirement: Andy acknowledged he isn’t on the stage he’d wish to be as a result of damage (Picture: Getty)

The journalist was halfway via asking a query, saying to Andy: “Sam is the primary US participant to succeed in a significant semi-final since 2009…” to which Andy mentioned: “Male participant.”

“I urge your pardon?” the journalist responded. “Male participant,” he reiterated.

Serena Williams, one of many US gamers whose achievements had been ignored by the journalist, mentioned his response was one of many causes he was “beloved” by the feminine gamers.

She instructed ESPN on the time: “I do not assume there is a lady participant – and there actually should not be a feminine athlete – that isn’t completely supportive of Andy Murray.

“He has spoken up for girls’s points and ladies’s rights, particularly in tennis, perpetually and he does it once more.”

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