Murray eyes grass-court return after hip surgery

Hope Soto
January 9, 2018

"I'm going to be competing at the highest level again", Murray told reporters during a conference call from his hospital bed at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne.

"I have concerns if you haven't played for a year and you are coming back on grass then sometimes that can be hard on your body".

Andy Murray underwent right hip surgery Monday and hopes to be back on tour "during the grass-court season" and in time for Wimbledon.

The 30-year-old started 2017 as the top ranked player in tennis for the first time in his career following his win at the ATP Finals in London in November 2016.

"Obviously with the surgeon [Dr John O'Donnell] he is going to say the operation was a success".

Murray's right hip has persistently troubled him, with the former world number one last playing competitively in a Wimbledon quarter-final defeat to Sam Querrey.

Sir Andy Murray has revealed that a driving motivation in his bid to return to the tennis court is a desire to have his eldest daughter watch him play.

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Murray admitted that if he does return, he will look to take on a reduced schedule, more focused on the Grand Slam events than working on his world ranking. O'Donnell said that Murray's hip would be better than it was a year ago, and that was when he was world number one. "I want to know when I come back that I'm ready".

"I'm certainly not going to be putting in the same amount of tournaments and effort to try to get to No. 1", Murray told the British news media.

In an emotional post on social media last week, Murray stressed he wanted to avoid undergoing surgery but it was seen as the only option after six months of painstaking rehabilitation work hadn't repaired the damage.

"So if I can get myself to 95 per cent of my best, I believe that's enough to compete at the highest level".

Murray last featured at Wimbledon in July after his quarter-final loss to Sam Querrey and chose to take the rest of the year off to recover from an injury to his right hip.

"The rest of my body feels fantastic. The surgery allows me to extend my hip well, and I'll be able to sprint".

The former Wimbledon champion would go on to claim that the Briton is experiencing problems in both his hips, rather than just the one hip which could affect his tennis future. "I'll come back from this".

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