MELBOURNE — Praise continued to pour in for Andy Murray at the Australian Open on Saturday, 24 hours after his announcement that he plans to retire from tennis after Wimbledon because of a hip injury.
But amid all the tributes for his on-court achievements, which included three Grand Slam titles, Davis Cup glory and two Olympic gold medals, it was clear that Murray had a genuinely profound effect for what he did and who he was off the court.
“He’s a normal person,” said Nick Kyrgios, whom Murray took under his wing when the Australian was an up-and-coming player. “When I hung out with him, he was funny. Didn’t take himself too seriously. Every time I hung around him, I felt comfortable around him all the time. He kind of felt like he was, like, 20. He was a little bit immature at times. He was so friendly, humble, down to earth. Just a normal guy. He’s a legend of the sport, but I never saw it like that.”
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