Australian Open 2023 | Andy Murray picking up rubbish after win over Matteo Berrettini, Casey Dellacqua comments

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Andy Murray is admired in the tennis world not just for his phenomenal talent and never say die attitude, but for things like his advocacy for the women’s game and his respect for history.

Now in the final flourish of his career, every moment he spends on court is being treated as a celebration of his 18 years at the top level, with his incredible five set win over world No.14 Matteo Berrettini one of the highlights in his post-hip surgery resurgence.

Yet, while Murray was deservedly showered with praise for that performance, Casey Dellacqua said it was the moments immediately afterwards that set an example for young tennis players to follow.

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“He’s so well liked, he’s so well loved, so I think to see him out there fighting, I think for the younger generation to see him giving it his all, picking up his rubbish after the match, all those little things really highlight the type of player Andy really is,” Dellacqua told Wide World of Sports’ The Morning Serve.

Having played a marathon five-setter against an Italian star who has two grand slam finals to his name, Murray had accumulated a considerable pile of empty drink bottles and other rubbish by the time it concluded.

But rather than leaving the rubbish for the ball kids to clean up after he departed the court, Murray gathered a plastic bag and started his own emu parade, leaving his sit down area spick and span before he departed.

To do that with a battle scarred body and a bleeding knee after the second longest match of his grand slam career rightfully impressed Dellacqua and went viral on social media.

His next challenge will be to recover from the four hour, 52 minute match well enough to compete with the comparatively fresh Thanasi Kokkinakis who rolled through temperamental former top 10 player Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, albeit in a match that took two days to finish.

And for Murray to manage to back up with a metal hip will only win him more admirers.

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“I think a lot of people have thought, ‘How can he keep coming back, how can he show so much resilience with all the injuries he’s had,’ but he’s a fierce competitor and I would hate to think what he looks like walking around when he’s 60 with his hips because he just has had to go through so much but it’s wonderful and so great for the tournament that we’ll get to see him out there in another match,” Dellacqua said.

“We know how good technology is and that has, I think, extended the longevity of a lot of the players, purely because of the medical treatment and that that they’re able to get. As well as obviously having that personality that Andy Murray has and that fierce competitor he is.”

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Regardless of how far he goes in this Australian Open, Dellacqua said Murray deserved his place among the all-time legends of the game despite winning just three grand slams due to the timing of his career.

“When we think about Andy I definitely think he could have had a handful (of grand slam wins if not for the presence of the big three), I think what he’s been able to achieve in this generation, this era, just proves what type of player he is, but as we always like to say in tennis, sometimes it’s important to be a great player off the court as well,” Dellacqua said.

” … I just love Andy Murray and I’m so thrilled for him.”

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