Murray spotted in four-year-old shoes as he squeezes through at Australian Open

Andy Murray has been spotted wearing a four-year-old pair of shoes as he squeezed through at the Australian Open.

The British tennis ace overcame 13th seed Matteo Berrettini in a thrilling first round contest at the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, winning 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (10-6). Murray had been pegged back by his Italian opponent after racing into a two-set lead before sealing victory via a fifth-set tie break.

The three-time Grand Slam winner's choice of footwear had raised eyebrows during the match after it was noticed that he was wearing a pair of Under Armour shoes.

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Under Armour and Murray parted ways in 2018 after a four-year sponsorship agreement, with the company not making him any new shoes in the four years since.

However, the age of the black and blue trainers did not appear to slow Murray down as he advanced in the pair of four-year-old shoes.

During their partnership with Murray, Under Armour produced a range of footwear with all shoes coming with his initials embroidered into the tongue. Murray is now sponsored by Castore, who provide him with clothing for his matches, with the exception of his shoes.

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On the court, Murray saved one match point as he knocked Berrettini out after a contest lasting four hours and 49 minutes. He will now face either Thanasi Kokkinakis or Fabio Fognini in the second round on Wednesday.

A five-time Australian Open finalist, most recently in 2016, Murray's win has seen him go through to the second round for just the second time since 2017.

Having struggled with numerous injuries in recent years, the 35-year-old now plays with a metal hip and finds himself ranked 66th in the world.

He remains one of the leading British tennis stars, though, having won three Grand Slams and two Olympic gold medals during his career.

By beating Berrettini, the highest seed to be eliminated so far in Melbourne, he joins fellow Brits Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans in the second round of the men's singles tournament.


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