Sporting Life

Smart, sensitive, swift... the swearing Scot was an original

Every day an athlete retires, packs his boots or folds her leotard, and what this feels like we'll never understand. At 31, we'll never know what it's like to give up the craft that made us. At 31, we'll rarely be undone by a failing body. At 31, we'll never have to accept that our best body of work is possibly behind us.

But at 31, that's where Andy Murray is. Yesterday he said he is done with tennis and of course he cried.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2019, with the headline 'Smart, sensitive, swift... the swearing Scot was an original'. Print Edition | Subscribe