'It's the other guy': Wrong Andy Murray receives hundreds of messages of support

Andy Murray’s retirement announcement has resulted in a hilarious case of mistaken identity.

The Scottish tennis star burst into tears on Friday as he announced that this would be his last Australian Open.

Messages of support came flooding in on social media, but it appears many of them were sent to the wrong person.

Murray broke down announcing his retirement. Image: Getty

A British football writer, also named Andy Murray, has taken to Twitter to reveal the hundreds of messages he’s received from fans thinking he’s the tennis player.

“Thank you to all offering help, support and free hip treatment today. I’m a football writer and keen to avoid early retirement, so it’s nice people care,” he wrote on Friday.

“On a side note, get well soon, namesake and congratulations on a stunning career. A true tennis great.”

The other Andy Murray also posted screenshots of some of the messages.

‘I’ve been in a lot of pain’

Britain’s only men’s singles champion in more than 80 years intends to play in the season-opening major at Melbourne Park and hopes to bid farewell to his legion of fans at The All England Club in July.

But after slipping to No.230 after last year’s hip surgery, the former world No.1 said there was a chance he wouldn’t make it beyond the Open starting on Monday.

“I’m not feeling good. I’ve obviously been struggling for a long time,” the 31-year-old said.

“I’ve been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now.

“I can still play to a level, (although) not a level that I’m happy playing at. But it’s not just that – the pain is too much really.

“I don’t want to continue playing that way. I’ve tried pretty much everything to get it right and that hasn’t worked.”

with agencies