War brewing behind scenes of Australian Open over pay and power

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2019

"Your voice for equality will inspire future generations", said former world No. 1 tennis player Billie Jean King.

Coach Jamie Delgado and his mother Judy watched the session.

Murray will make his first appearance at a Grand Slam in 18 months when he comes up against Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday morning in the first round.

A victor of 45 titles on the ATP World Tour, Murray will bow out of tennis as one of the greats of his generation. "There are many things why I look up towards her", said the Londoner, who is ranked 131 in the world.

"I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament", he said.

"I remember when I played with him in Glasgow, I know how not well he was".

Rafael Nadal paid tribute to the retiring Andy Murray, saying the Brit would be a huge loss to the sport. He said he understood his body and had a great team around him.

British number three Cameron Norrie meets American Taylor Fritz not before 06:00 GMT, with qualifier Dan Evans bidding for a potential second-round match against 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer about 04:00 GMT.

"Never say die, he pushed any opposition to the absolute physical and mental possibilities and limit on the court".

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" To see him struggle so much is very sad and it hurts me as his long-time friend, colleague, rival."

"I can still play, but not to a level I'm happy playing at", he said. I hope it doesn't end with an injury, I had a little bit of that threat a few years ago when I had the knee issue and I was able to come back again so I would like to go out on my terms.

"There is a big adjustment when you retire, you are going into a whole new world. Andy's earned everything he's ever achieved, is a hero to millions of Scots and we're all behind him".

Murray is one of seven Britons opening their tournaments at Melbourne Park on Monday, with only women's number one Johanna Konta playing on Tuesday.

"When you search for examples of "emptied the bucket to be as good as they could be" there should be a picture of Andy Murray sitting under that quote", he tweeted.

He captioned it: "Best way to feel better after a tough day is a big cuddle from your mum".

Serena Williams was unable to defend her title here past year because she was taking time out after having a baby, and finished the season with back-to-back runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the us open.

Evans, 28, came through qualifying to reach the main draw of a Slam for the first time since a drugs ban past year and plays Japan's Tatsuma Ito in his opener. He have been a hard worker.

"Overall, when he puts everything on the balance, it will be that the positive things of the balance are much heavier than the negative things, even if in the end it's not probably the way that he dreamed about. But you can't manage that", he said.

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