Andy Murray reveals his greatest moment in emotional Wimbledon farewell speech

Kevin Palmer
Andy Murray's emotional farewell to Wimbledon
Andy Murray's emotional farewell to Wimbledon

It wasn’t the farewell Andy Murray wanted to Wimbledon, but his Centre Court leaving party was as joyous as it was tearful.

Murray was given a hero’s reception as he began his final Wimbledon alongside his brother Jamie but the Centre Court crowd could not inspire them to victory.

Playing together in men’s doubles at the All England Club for the first time, the pair had hoped to write a memorable last chapter in an incredible story.

But the two-time former singles champion and seven-time grand slam doubles champion Jamie were beaten 7-6 (6) 6-4 by Australian duo Rinky Hijikata and John Peers.

In a video published by Wimbledon earlier, Murray was filmed writing a postcard to himself as a wild-haired teenager about to make his first appearance.

“Number one: Get a haircut. Number two: Get some clothes that fit. And three: Try to enjoy it, it will be gone before you know it,” he wrote.

Nearly 20 years later, Murray’s final rodeo on the most important stage of all has arrived.

Denied the chance to play singles by his troublesome back, the Scot fittingly signed up for a fraternal pairing before adding mixed doubles with Emma Raducanu.

Yet this felt like his final curtain call and for those of us who have been on the journey with Murray in press boxes around the world over the last 20 years, it was hard not to be touched by the moment.

Tennis great and BBC broadcasting legend Sue Barker came out of retirement to walk back onto Centre Court to lead the tributes to Murray, with Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova among those who joined him on court.

His speech was loaded with emotion, jokes and humour the British public took some time to appreciate.

“2016 was really different,” he said, reflecting on his win against Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon final.

“I felt way less pressure and the enjoyment I got out of that win was totally different to 2013.

“I had an amazing evening that night with my all friends and family, properly went out and enjoyed it with the people closest to me.

“Of my Slams, 2016 was my favourite one. I don’t remember much of that night. I had a few drinks and I did unfortunately vomit in the cab on the way home.”

He also spoke about his great rivals Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as he offered these words on the era of tennis he lived through.

“They weren’t the easiest guys to get past,” admitted Murray.

“I was obviously incredibly fortunate to play in this time and I think all tennis fans have been incredibly lucky to witness what they’ve obviously gone on to achieve.

“It’s been incredible to watch what they’ve done. It’s been incredible to be a part of some of the matches in major championships with them over the years.

“I was fortunate to manage to get through them a couple of times in big moments but what a time to be on the tour.”

In any other era, Murray would almost certainly have been ending his tennis story with his Grand Slam total in double figures.

Yet to achieve all he did in the greatest ever era of men’s tennis makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable.