Andy Murray’s gut-wrenching statement announcing his withdrawal in Brisbane, casting doubt over his Australian Open participation, raising the prospect of hip surgery and describing the emotional turmoil it was causing him, was as heartfelt as they come. It was also, according to The Tennis Podcast team, classic Murray - a man often silent, but prepared to lay himself bare when he feels necessary.
So what did the Tennis Podcast team make of the statement? And how do they rate Murray's prospects of making a healthy return to the sport in the future? What of his great rival Novak Djokovic, who has also withdrawn from planned Australian Open warm-up events with pain in his injured right elbow? The pair are two on a long list of tennis absentees.
Will Serena Williams give tennis fans some much-needed good news by confirming that she will defend her Australian Open crown? Tennis Podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker speculate.
The Tennis Podcast is a downloadable tennis radio show produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport. The podcast is currently crowdfunding production of its 2018 season. For more info - www.TheTennisPodcast.net.
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