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Tweets of the week: Murray’s big announcement, players prepare for Australian Open

Jan 12, 2019
written by: Jeff Donaldson
written by: Jeff Donaldson
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Just when we thought the first week of the 2019 tennis season couldn’t be beat, week two comes out and DELIVERS.

While most players were finishing Australian Open preparations — whether it be at tournaments in Sydney, Auckland or Hobart; or the practice courts in Melbourne — one of tennis’s biggest names sent shockwaves through the community when he announced the 2019 will be his final season.

Andy Murray’s announcement comes as a major surprise despite his recent struggles with injury. After a career-defining 2016 which saw him win a second gold medal, his third Grand Slam, the year-ending championships in London as well as finishing the season at World No. 1, the Briton underwent hip surgery, which he has since had difficulties recovering from.

Fellow ‘Big Four’ players Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have all had recent injury woes themselves, but were able to return to competition to reclaim the top spot in the rankings. Murray hasn’t been as fortunate, however, and if there’s any player who understands what he’s been through, it’s the oft-injured Juan Martin del Potro:

Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic also took to social media to express their thoughts on Murray’s big announcement.

Earlier in the week, Genie Bouchard secured her reign as social media’s queen bee with this witty response to a troll on Caroline Wozniacki’s Instagram account. 😂

Félix Auger-Aliassime, whose tennis-coach father hails from the African nation of Togo, had a reflective moment when he saw this inventive stringing method posted by the ITF.

Bianca Andreescu not only turned heads with her tennis the other week in Auckland, but with her very… expressive reactions during the matches. She’s so GIF-able, this one!

Popular Aus Open champion pick Elina Svitolina took to the practice courts at Melbourne Park alongside defending champion Caroline Wozniacki.

Two-time Grand Slam champ Victoria Azarenka returns to the site of her two Grand Slams (2012, 2013) for the first time in three years since the birth of her son Leo. Safe to say she’s impressed with the facility improvements!

Stan Wawrinka has put in the hard yards to become the incredible champion he is today… but his talent as a child was undeniable. Check out that backhand technique… 🤤

Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic hasn’t triumphed Down Under since 2016, but was nearly untouchable before then. Now that he’s back to No. 1, fit, and on a two-Slam win streak… it’s easy to imagine the Serb with his fifteenth Slam trophy when the Melbourne fortnight is complete.

(Feature photo: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)