French Open

Murray pays on-court tribute to attack victims

2017-06-05 15:40
Andy Murray (Getty Images)

Paris - Andy Murray paid an emotional on-court tribute to the victims of the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester that left 29 people dead and scores injured.

The world number one advanced to the French Open quarter-finals on Monday for the seventh time with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Russia's Karen Khachanov.

But Murray took the on-court microphone afterwards to voice his support for those impacted by the tragic events in Britain.

"Obviously there was a terrible tragedy in London, and in Manchester six or seven days ago. Paris has had its problems too in recent years," said Murray.

"I am sure everyone will join me... we share our thoughts and prayers with everyone who has been affected. 

"It’s obviously something that has affected large parts of Europe. 

"I appreciate everyone still coming out to support the tennis. I am grateful that I can still perform in front of everyone," he added.

Murray went on to say he felt tennis, because of its global nature, also had the power to unite people from all corners of the world.

"I do think sport, and tennis in particular because of the nature of it, is such a global sport, it does bring lots of people together from, you know, many different places," he said.

"Hopefully we can find a solution for (the terror attacks), because it's been going on a long time. There has been problems everywhere."

The Briton, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year's final at Roland Garros, will meet Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori for a place in the last four.

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