Legend Murray can be proud of achievements, says Federer

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"Hope he will make it through to Wimbledon and have the farewell he deserves", tweeted former tennis player Kim Clijsters. "I can't believe it's already been a year". The pain is too much really. Again, look, I'm playing tomorrow.

Seeking a 21st Grand Slam title and a record seventh in Melbourne, the Swiss will plough into his 20th consecutive Australian Open on Monday with a first round clash against Uzbek Denis Istomin.

"Of course, it hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well", the world number three said of the three-time Grand Slam champion and double Olympic gold medal victor.

When last seen at a major, Williams was in full-blown meltdown mode in the final of the 2018 U.S. Open, which was won by Japan's Naomi Osaka, who held her poise and nerve down the stretch of a second set that teetered on brink of chaos.

The ATP players council, headed by Djokovic, met in Melbourne on Saturday and reportedly voted 5-4 against Kermode continuing in his role.

This may be the most painful match to view, but few will want to miss out on what could be the final competitive appearance of Andy Murray's career.

"We'll do everything for it to happen this year".

Current world No. 2 Rafael Nadal congratulated him on his incredible career.

Just when we thought the first week of the 2019 tennis season couldn't be beat, week two comes out and DELIVERS. "We'll see how it's going to be here in Melbourne".

"He has put that through in the way he has voiced his opinions and the way he has tackled some questions and issues that have arisen and I think everybody has always been very appreciative of him".

"But it's nothing new for me", added Nadal who admits he has to manage the workload on his creaking 32-year-old body, battered by years of his all-action style.

"I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four of five months". Please don't stop trying. "That's the only way that you can keep having confidence and hope for a good comeback in terms of health".

Commentator Darren Cahill praised his contribution to the sport, as did fellow playerGrigor Dimitrov. "Maybe also the way I play tennis, maybe it's smoother than the other guys", said Federer, renowned for his flowing movement around the court.

Djokovic said the players council was "comfortable" with Gimelstob remaining a board member despite the charges against him. "That's something that I'm seriously considering right now". "You will always be someone that impacted the sport in so many different ways", wrote Kyrgios on Instagram.

The 2009 victor Nadal pulled out of the Brisbane International warmup with a thigh strain, raising fears about his campaign at Melbourne Park after his 2018 season ended early with ankle surgery and an abdominal injury.

"But there's little things, day-to-day, that are also a struggle".

"Putting shoes on, socks on, things like that. That's the main reason for doing it".

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