Andy Murray announces retirement: Here're his unbreakable records
To the shock of the world, legendary tennis ace Andy Murray announced his retirement plans on Friday in Melbourne. The three-time Grand Slam winner said that even though, he wanted to play in Wimbledon 2019, but added Australian Open might be his last. The hip injury derailed his career. Here we look back at his career and unbreakable records.
The reigning Olympic champion
Murray is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He won the medal consecutively in 2012 and 2016. At the 2012 Olympics, the Englishman defeated all-time great Roger Federer in straight sets to claim gold, and defended it successfully in 2016 in the final against Juan Martín del Potro. He was the first British in more than a century to win the gold in singles.
Murray's records at the Australian Open
Murray is the only person ever who has managed to win the US Open and then reach the final of the next Grand Slam, the Australian Open. He did it during the period of 2012-13. He also has five runners-up finishes at the Australian Open, the highest by any player till date. Murray, however, has never managed to clinch the Australian Open title.
US Open records held by Andy Murray
Murray is the only player in the history, who has managed to win the US Open and the Olympics gold medal in the same calendar year. He achieved his feat in 2012. Murray's 2012 US Open win was the first time a British man won a singles Grand Slam in the Open Era, and the first British since 1977 to do so.
Murray's achievements and records at Wimbledon
Murray won the Wimbledon Open in 2013. He became the first British since Virginia Wade (1977) to win the Wimbledon singles title. The last time a British had won the men's singles title was in 1936 when Fred Perry successfully defended his title. In 2016, he joined Nadal in being only the second player to win Olympics and Wimbledon in the same year.
Other important records and achievements held by Murray
Murray is the only Olympic singles gold winner on two different surfaces. He is the only person ever to be winner of a Grand Slam, World Tour Finals, Olympic Games and Masters 1000 singles titles in the same year. He is a three-time BBC Sports Personality of the Year: 2013, 2015, 2016. He is the only person to play three consecutive Shanghai Masters finals.