As Andy Murray’s illustrious playing career approaches its final chapter, the reactions from his peers highlight the deep admiration he commands within the tennis community.

On a packed Centre Court at Wimbledon, Murray exited the men’s doubles draw, accompanied by an emotional tribute from tennis legends like Novak Djokovic, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Iga Swiatek, and Lleyton Hewitt. Partnered with his brother Jamie, Murray’s presence drew significant attention as he graced the court for one of his last appearances.

For Australian duo John Peers and Rinky Hijikata, who defeated the Murray brothers 7-6(6) 6-4, the experience was particularly poignant.

“To share the court with Andy was incredibly special,” Peers remarked. “It was Andy’s night, and unfortunately, we disrupted it for him.”

Reflecting on the occasion, Australian player Storm Hunter, speaking on The AO Show Weekly, emphasized the magnitude of facing off against one of Britain’s greatest athletes on their home Slam farewell.

“I’m sure they grew up watching and admiring Andy, and in a way, didn’t want to be the ones to end his career,” Hunter, the women’s doubles world No.6, remarked.

Murray, a Wimbledon men’s singles champion in 2013 and 2016, has been an inspiration to many emerging players and competitors throughout his career on Centre Court.

One such player is 23-year-old rising star Rinky Hijikata, a fellow counterpuncher who idolized Murray in his formative years.

“It was a surreal moment,” world No.77 Hijikata reflected. “He was someone I admired growing up and one of my tennis idols.”

Hijikata also cherished the opportunity to play on Centre Court for the first time, calling it the most prestigious venue in tennis and a childhood dream come true.

Looking ahead, Murray anticipates his final Wimbledon event as he partners with fellow Brit Emma Raducanu in the mixed doubles, promising yet another monumental spectacle against Zhang Shuai and Marcelo Arevalo in the opening round.