Tributes are pouring in for tennis star Andy Murray after a tearful press conference addressing his possible retirement.
The former world number one has claimed that retirement is imminent following injuries which have plagued him for years, especially that of his hip.
Speaking about the upcoming Australian Open, Murray broke down in tears as he said it could be his last tournament.
"I spoke to my team and I told them I can't keep doing this. I needed to have an end point…"
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 11, 2019
The three-time Grand Slam winner has broken himself in order to keep up with arguably tennis' greatest generation, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer hot on his heels all the time.
Murray was emotional as he spoke about this summer's Wimbledon tournament, saying; “I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months.”
The Scotsman has won the beloved British tournament twice, and wants to finish his career in the place where he won his first ever Grand Slam.
What a moment for British tennis.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 11, 2019
He couldn't hold back the tears at the conference, after years of intensive physiotherapy and surgeries to try and maintain his status as one of the world's top players.
"I said to my team I think I can get through this until Wimbledon – that's when I'd like to stop playing,” he said.
Tributes have been coming in fast for the player and iconic feminist, among them is one from the infamous 39-time Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King;
.@andy_murray You are a champion on and off the court. So sorry you cannot retire on your own terms, but remember to look to the future. Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations. Much love to you & your family. https://t.co/AQUOP3LGec
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 11, 2019
Fellow player and BFF Nick Kyrgios posted a touching tribute to his 'brother' and 'old friend' Andy, and our hearts legitimately shattered;
Murray has become a low-key feminist icon after consistently defending female tennis players battling the notorious sexist in the sport, such as Serena Williams.
He has argued for women's rights in the sport in numerous press conferences, and has battled sexist questions from journalists throughout his career. SLAY ANDY.
During Wimbledon in 2017, Murray called on schedulers to give women more opportunities to play on the main show courts.
Let's not forget his unreal take-down of a reporter who claimed a male player was "the first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009," even though Venus and Serena Williams as well as three other female players had achieved this.
YAS ANDY. SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK
He's also renowned for his blunt Scottish wit;
Can we all take a minute to remember Andy Murray's greatest moment when asked how he eats strawberries pic.twitter.com/jqaMRNoEKr
— Sophie Mew (@mew_sophie) January 11, 2019
We love you Andy, never change.
Congratulations for all that you've achieved in the tennis world, you'll be remembered as one of the greats.