Andy Murray dropped a bombshell at Australian Open 2019 on Friday, the three-time Grand Slam winner announcing he is set to call time on his glittering career, preferably on home turf at Wimbledon this year.
Murray’s name features prominently in the recent history of the first major of the season, with the 31-year-old finishing runner-up at the Australian Open five times since 2010.
While the ultimate success at Melbourne Park has eluded him, the former world No.1 has left his imprint on the Australian Open with a host of on and off-court moments that will linger long in the memory.
Here are 10 of Murray's most memorable from the Australian Open.
1. Baby steps with a future foe
Rewind to 2006, and an 18-year-old Murray made his debut at Melbourne Park.
Unfortunately, the raw teenage talent, then ranked then No.62, fell in straight sets to the experienced Juan Ignacio Chela.
In doubles, Murray teamed up with a certain Novak Djokovic. The duo has lifted 17 Grand Slams since, but on 20 January 2006 they lost 7-6(5) 6-3 to top-10 duo Fabrice Santoro and Nenad Zimonjic.