NEWS of Andy Murray's upcoming retirement has spread arounbd the globe and fans, former opponents and pundits have been sending the 31-year-old messages of support and paying tribute to the former Wimbledon champion.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted her admiration of the tennis star, calling Murray "a credit to sport and to the country".

Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov praised Murray's impact in the sport and said that the pair's friendship "will last a lifetime".

The golfer Justin Rose also tweeted his support of the Scottish great and said that he hoped Murray could compete in Wimbeldon.

Murray's favourite football team, Hibernan, tweeted a message of support along with a message from manager Neil Lennon.

Singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald said that Murray is the most relatable sportsmen in the world.

Kim Clijsters paid tribute to the 31-year-old, calling Murray a "great guy".

Billie Jean King praised Murray's ability on the court and his outlook off of it.

Juan Martin del Potro urged the former Wimbledon champion to keep fighting.