Andy Murray 'pain-free' but unsure over future after hip surgery

Andy Murray 'pain-free' but unsure over future after hip surgery

Although American doubles player Bob Bryan had had the same surgery a year ago and was back playing again, alongside twin brother Mike, five months later, no tennis player has competed in the singles category after having such operation.

Murray had the resurfacing operation - which keeps more of the damaged bone than a hip replacement, smoothing the ball down and covering it with a metal cap - in London on 28 January.

This update comes after the three-time Grand Slam victor broke down in tears at his pre-tournament press conference ahead of the Australian Open in January, saying that he meant to retire after this summer's Wimbledon Championships due to pain in his hip. This is a big surgery and operation that I've had. "If it's possible, I would certainly love to compete again".

I am really happy I have had it done and now just have to wait and see how good my hip will get.

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In an interview with the BBC, the Scot said: "To play singles at Wimbledon I'd say it would be less than 50 per cent chance, doubles maybe possibly". Not to feel like that was a burden and it was really painful doing it.

Speaking to ITV, he added: "In terms of singles, it's unlikely but... not completely unreasonable that I could go out and play doubles".

A former world no. 1 and the three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray enjoyed a stellar run in the second half of 2016, winning 78 matches and nine titles overall to melt an enormous gap he had over Novak Djokovic after Roland Garros and finish the season at the top.

The Scotsman laid bare his struggles, announcing he was planning to retire after Wimbledon but that the Melbourne tournament may be the last of his career.

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Murray also revealed that the operation had been performed by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Sarah Muirhead-Allwood and took twice as long as expected because of the strength of the Scot's femur.

"I want to continue playing".

"Bob Bryan had the same operation and was competing after five and a half months".

"He certainly feels like there are things he could have done better at the beginning of the rehab. Now I'm seeing some good signs and feel positive about the outcome". "I won't know that for a good few months".

"But doubles is a very different physical proposition as singles".

Murray, who has two daughters, says "having the surgery was to improve all the day-to-day things and my quality of life".

Andy Murray hopes to resume his tennis career. "It's just I really like playing tennis".

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