Andy Murray ready to give ticket to fan after disappointing practice

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Before I said without a grand slam, you are not a real number one. "That won't happen now".

Andy Murray is a good ally because he has worked to break down barriers for every teenager who is told she can't play football because it's a boy's sport, or every woman told she shouldn't join a rugby team because it will make her seem too masculine.

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. "I think he would be quite a good one".

"It was my first major trophy, that obviously served as a great springboard for my career", Djokovic said as he prepared to open his assault on a seventh crown against American Mitchell Krueger on Tuesday. His birthday is one week before mine.

"It's not easy to win Grand Slams, it's probably easier today than when we were playing", she told the BBC past year.

De Minaur thinks authorities have done him no favours by scheduling him on day one of the Open, two days after he was up all day and half the night winning the Sydney International. I hope it doesn't end with an injury, I had a little bit of that threat a few years ago when I had the knee issue and I was able to come back again so I would like to go out on my terms.

Murray's hip problem first flared up at the French Open in 2017, with the Scot going under the knife the following January. I always had the feeling that we'll fix it.

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Defending a Grand Slam title for the first time feels like a fun challenge for Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and the world number three said she is learning to take extra care of her body as she battles with rheumatoid arthritis. But it was for a good cause.

Halep goes into the tournament as world No 1 and last year's beaten finalist but the Romanian is also on a five-match losing streak, including a first-round loss to big-hitting Estonian Kanepi at the US Open.

Stirling Council leader Scott Farmer met Sir Andy when he was given the freedom of the city in 2014, and said he was "very nice" and "unassuming". "I hope that he can play a good Australian Open and he can keep playing beyond that, really finish the way he wants to at Wimbledon".

Murray has never previously dropped a set against gritty Spaniard Bautista Agut but admitted he is in such bad shape physically that he expects to lose. "Tomorrow on the court I will be in a competition and trying everything I can to get the win". Not a level that I'm happy playing at.

"It isn't just people that I work with that ask me, it's everyone, so everyone that I bump into, that's all I talk about and it's pretty draining". It's going to be uncomfortable.

He started playing tennis when he was just three years old, when his mother, Judy Murray, took him to play on their local courts. "Because if it is my last match I want to try and enjoy it and enjoy the whole experience". He said, "I didn't realize that Amelie would find herself up against such criticism and prejudice...."

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