Andy Murray announced on Friday that he'll be retiring from tennis at some point this season—best-case scenario at Wimbledon, but earlier if his hip injury proves too painful.   

The great champion and overall well-liked guy he is, Murray naturally received an outpouring of supportive messages on social media from admirers all over the world. 

"That was kind of the first time I kind of came out and let everyone know how bad it's been and tough," Murray said. "I felt a lot better after that. But obviously, like, the reaction, I was really surprised. I genuinely was not expecting it to be like that at all."

His tennis-playing peers were perhaps the most in awe of his amazing career, having witnessed so closely all that the Scot has given to the sport.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Right before the @australianopen start I want throw it back to the 2016 Australian open when I played one of the best players and a true legend of our sport @andymurray . All of us will have a time where we have to say goodbye too the sport we love so much and I want to wish you all the best for the last period of your career. We as players know how much you’ve been thru the last few months and years and we all really hope that you can enjoy playing and competing hopefully a few more times. At the end of the day we are all competitors but we are also one big family on the tour that’s why I want to wish you all the best for your last Australian open. I will be watching and cheering for sir Andy ????????

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A great man in all terms ! @andymurray #murray #legend

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Juan Martin del Potro, who's had his own struggles with injuries and pain, could relate to Murray on a visceral level. 

And Nick Kyrgios, who saw Murray as a mentor, didn't hold back any earnestness. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Andy, I know you take me for a joker most of the time, but at least hear me out on this one old friend. You will always be someone that impacted the sport in so many different ways, I know this was never the way you wanted to go out, but hey it was a heck of a ride. You took me under your wing as soon as I got on tour, and to this day you have been someone I literally just look forward to seeing. You are one crazy tennis player, miles better than me, but I just want you to know that today isn’t only a sad day for you and your team, it’s a sad day for the sport and for everyone you’ve had an impact on. Which leaves me big fella.. these are a couple photos, that should make you smile and think, I was actually a little bit of a younger brother to you. Anyways, I just want you to know, and I’m sure you already do, everyone wants you to keep fighting and to keep being you. Goodluck at the Australian Open muzz, I’ll be behind you. #onelastdance ????????????????

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Analysts, unsurprisingly, had the utmost praise for the three-time Slam champion:

And fans, stunned and heartbroken, shared both their love and their sadness:

Murray took the court on Monday against No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, falling in four sets.

It's uncertain what will be in store for Murray beyond Melbourne, but he'll surely remain one of the most revered figures in tennis. 


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