1. We may have seen the last of Andy Murray
Andy Murray’s tearful announcement on the Friday before the tournament that he can no longer play with ongoing pain in his damaged right hip, a year on from his surgery, prompted a flood of affectionate tributes from players of all eras.
Most will miss Murray the man more than the player. The five-time Australian Open finalist has set a playing end-date of Wimbledon, by which time he’ll be 32, but acknowledges he may not make it that far.
Murray’s last stand at Melbourne Park was a typically defiant fight, coming from two sets down to extend Roberto Bautista Agut to 6-2 in the fifth set. Melbourne Arena echoed with his agonised cries as he willed himself into the contest and in pursuit of balls many other players would deem unreachable.