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Andy Murray Bids Emotional Farewell – as Predicted by WDH


July 5, 2024

Andy Murray stood centre stage for remarkable scenes on the most historic court in world tennis.

Centre Court during Wimbledon 2024 was the only time and place to hold the farewell ceremony.

Here at Wimbledon Debenture Holders we have been predicting this emotional occasion for the best part of a year.

Andy Murray’s farewell to Grand Slam tennis always had to be here. He knew Wimbledon 2024 was the perfect venue – and so did we.

Of course the long goodbye wasn’t quite under Murray’s chosen terms. Andy would have loved to go out fighting in a classic singles clash on the famous old lawn. But his body simply wouldn’t allow it.

At least a doubles match alongside brother Jamie made it even more of a family occasion. The fact that they lost to Australian pairing Rinky Hijikata and John Peers hardly seemed to matter.

Andy’s wife, mother and father were in the crowd with many of those who have loved and supported him over the years. Finality hung in the air. Comfort tinged with sadness. A determination to celebrate anyway.

A moving video was played with tributes from the Big Three – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Words full of love and respect brought Andy to the point of tears.

Several Wimbledon legends were there in person to shake Andy’s hand and embrace him. Djokovic, who had earlier beaten rising Brit Jacob Fearnley in four sets was there in person.

So was the legendary John McEnroe – and current women’s number one Iga Swiatek.

Andy Murray remains one of the best-loved figures in tennis. And he hinted that he might go into coaching when he hangs up his racquet in a few weeks’ time.

There is still the Olympic Games in Paris to think about. Not much chance of a medal this time, though. At least Andy has two singles golds in his collection among others.

Throw in two Wimbledon singles titles, a US Open crown, world number one status and a Davis Cup. The boy from Dunblane has done OK. He has also seen beyond the silverware.

Murray said: ‘I made a really good job of one thing in my career. Regardless of highs and lows and whether I’d won tournaments or had difficult losses or an operation – I always came to work with the same dedication, work ethic and passion. I gave my best effort. That’s what I’m proud of.’

Andy Murray was always consistent in his dedication – no matter how unpredictable life and tennis can be, and will continue to so do.

Andy Murray will play alongside Emma Raducanu in the mixed doubles today. One last chance to enjoy the iconic surroundings

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