Former World and british number one and two time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is aiming for an early return to tennis in time for the grass court season after being forced to have surgery on his injured hip.
Having not played competitively since Wimbledon last July, were the injury eventually lead to his defeat at the quarter final stage, the plucky scot had hoped to take part in the recent Brisbane invitational in order to gain fitness for the Australian Open next week, however that didn’t go to plan, and he was forced to withdraw before a ball was served and reluctantly decided to go under the knife in Melbourne Australia this morning.
The 30 year old sent a message to his fan’s thanking the hospital and staff, while stating he will overcome this set back and return to the court as soon as possible.
Although he hasn’t given any specific date or tournament, he hopes to be able to get back on the practice court in the next 7-8 weeks, with at least a further 6 weeks before any chance of a return to competitive tennis.
When discussing his return, Murray stated “I've been fairly competitive with top-50 players in the world in Brisbane when I'm struggling to move, and I made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon when I literally couldn't walk and was in so much pain. So if I can get myself to 95% of my best, I believe that's enough to compete at the highest level. No question. The rest of my body feels fantastic. I feel really, really good physically apart from this one issue. The surgery allows me to extend my hip well, and I'll be able to sprint.”
Although he continued to say his aims will be different in the future, reducing the amount of tournaments he plays with his focus now on winning the big titles and not on world rankings.