Andy’s Reads of the Week – Murray calls it quits and is this the end for Hopman Cup?

Get a cup of coffee and settle down!  Here are your morning reads of the week.

Andy Murray’s retirement announcement shocked fans and fellow players.  Wimbledon tweeted the best: “To Andy, whatever happens next, you’ve done more than you know.” (The National)

Andy Murray was a great ally to women. (Huffington Post UK)

Could 2019 be the last Hopman Cup? (PerthNow)

Players are complaining about the new Dunlop balls at the Australian Open. (Sydney Morning Herald)

With the exception of the French Open, the other grand slams are going to a tie breaker in the fifth set. But there is no consistency between them. (ESPN)

Will ATP CEO Chris Kermode stay on?  Players are divided. (The Telegraph)

Why are there no openly gay male tennis players? (Sydney Morning Herald)

India has produced many doubles grand slam champions.   The country is searching for it’s quality singles player. 112th ranked Prajnesh Gunneswaran qualifed for the main draw of men’s singles at the Australian Open. (Eurosport).

Sania Mirza ponders return to tennis after becoming a mom. (Tennis World)

 

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Australian Open 2019: Player Quotes

Caroline Wozniacki
“I’m sad on behalf of Andy because Andy is so fun for me to watch. I think he’s entertaining. He’s such a great athlete. He stood up for us, too. I really appreciate what he’s done for women’s tennis.”

Victoria Azarenka
“My son definitely inspires me. I still have my own dreams, to fulfil my potential. I have a lot of motivation to continue.”

Alexander “Sasha” Zverev
Someone asked Sascha Zverev if he was considering playing mixed doubles at Grand Slams… “That’s the best question I’ve gotten as a first question ever. In Olympics, I probably will, with Angie hopefully. But, no, not in tournaments.”

Rafael Nadal on coming up on the junior tour with Murray “We shared competitions, under-13, under-14. As a kid he was a little bit of a bad boy!’
“At the end of the day you appreciate a lot your rivals because we shared a lot of important moments in our life. We shared courts in the most important stadiums in the world competing for the most important things, that’s impossible to forget.”

Roger Federer on Andy Murray

“I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we’re going to lose him at some point. But we’re going to lose everybody at some point. It’s just now that it’s definite.”

What did Naomi Osaka get up to in the offseason? “I had a notebook, so every night before bed I would write jokes so I can present them to you guys.”

Journalist: can you give us one? “That was a joke, I’m sorry.”

 

 

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