Andy Murray weaknesses revealed in major verdict from Pat Cash

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"I have a lot of places that are very special to me, thankfully".

Agut said: "Everybody knows Andy, everybody knows when he goes on court he gives every time 100%".

Evert, for one, likes Williams' chances despite her 16th seed, noting the tournament's quick hard courts, which will accentuate her serve (her most lethal weapon), as well as her mental freshness and improved fitness.

The father-of-two said although he hopes to play at Wimbledon in July, he may not be able to bear the pain by then and the Australian Open may be his last tournament.

Djokovic said the players council was "comfortable" with Gimelstob remaining a board member despite the charges against him.

"It's definitely interesting times, I'd like to call it, not bad times in our sport".

"I know he has inspired so many - young and old - to both watch and play tennis". Now I can say I'm a real number one.

Seeking a 21st Grand Slam title and a record seventh in Melbourne, the Swiss will plough into his 20th consecutive Australian Open on Monday with a first round clash against Uzbek Denis Istomin.

The Dane achieved a career milestone at Melbourne Park to claim her maiden Grand Slam previous year, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.

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Scottish rugby legend David Sole said the fact that Murray had been so successful during an era packed with so many tennis greats such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic made his achievements all that more significant.

Long-time rival Nadal, who has won 17 of his 24 meetings with Murray, became the latest to hail the outgoing three-time grand slam champion. "You've just not got to have many expectations".

"Big increases in prize money, pension plan, new events, doubles initiative supporter, new progressive rules for injured players & LL's (lucky losers), challenger increases, facility upgrades ++", he tweeted. "I can still play to a level, but not a level I have played at". "I hope he can finish strong and healthy", he said.

Facing his imminent retirement from the sport, Murray says - in the short-term at least - he feels strangely devoid of motivation for anything but the job he loves and is about to lose.

"That information is completely confidential, so I can't speak about anything that we spoke about in that room". "Obviously it was something that I really wanted, a big dream of mine to win a grand slam, and it was an awesome feeling and an incredible two weeks".

"I am happy with the motivation to do something new".

As far as the second part of it, do I see one of those other guys winning a major? I think he's entertaining.

"(Taking me as a coach) was not a PR thing.

Any sportsman, be it a routine hacker or somebody who has proved himself the best as Andy Murray did with 41 weeks as the world's No 1 male tennis player, wants to end those cherished days of being competitive on his own terms.