Andy Murray: How Scotland reacted to announcement

Scotland has been united in sadness after Andy Murray broke down as he announced that this month's Australian Open could be his last tournament.

The Scot, 31, said he was planning to retire this summer after Wimbledon, but that the end might be expedited by a hip complaint.

Scottish figures from sport, politics and entertainment have been reacting to the news all day, with the First Minister leading the displays of affection and appreciation.

Nicola Sturgeon described Murray as a "legend - without doubt one of Scotland's greatest ever sportsmen".

Nicola Sturgeon tweet on Andy Murray

Secretary of state for Scotland, David Mundell, also tweeted, saying Murray's win to clinch Great Britain's Davis Cup victory in 2015 was "one of so many magic moments he's given us".

'It feels like I'm fighting for every point'

Scottish singer Amy Macdonald cited Murray's "relatable" qualities, tweeting, "it feels like I'm fighting for every, single point right by his side".

Tweets by Amy Macdonald about Andy Murray

And Glaswegian actor Dougie Henshall picked out Murray's Wimbledon win over Novak Djokovic in 2013 as his highlight of an unmatched career in British sports.

Dougie Henshall tweets on Andy Murray

Sporting connections

Murray and brother Jamie are two of Hibernian's celebrity fans.

The younger Murray brother has in recent times started a sports management company and counts current Hibs players among his clients, including Fraser Murray (no relation) and Ryan Porteous.

Porteous said in one of Hibs' tweets: "He's been a constant support and set the perfect example."

Hibernian FC tweet on Andy Murray

Scotland women head coach Shelley Kerr said Murray was "a credit to sport in general".

Wheelchair tennis player Gordon Reid, who has won two grand slams, said of his compatriot on BBC Radio Scotland: "It's probably the hardest decision you'll probably have to make. Andy's somebody who will always be able to say he's done absolutely everything and turned every stone to try and prolong his career.

"He's not somebody that will go out with regrets. Everybody in tennis, they're all going to miss him."

Scotland's rugby coach, Gregor Townsend, called him an "inspiration".

Gregor Townsend

And one of Scotland's greatest ever sportsmen, Stephen Hendry, paid Murray the greatest of compliments by referring to him as exactly that: one of Scotland's greatest. Does he pip the snooker player in the all-time rankings?

Stephen Hendry tweets on Andy Murray

But there was also humour amid the sadness, with Twitter account Fitba Tweets posting this image...

Fitba Tweets

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