Andy Murray Hip Surgery Announcement
Andy Murray has opted to have hip surgery to fix an ongoing injury that has kept the former world number one off of the courts since Wimbledon of last year. As per the BBC, he underwent the procedure in Melbourne, and seems optimistic about his future in the game. He even hopes to be back on the courts in time for the grass season!
This optimism should please Murray fans (of which I am one!) as Murray recently commented that he would be happy to be continue playing at a top thirty level. After his surgery, said, “I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again”. Now, I realise that by any reasonable measure, being one of the top thirty players in the world is the highest level. But there is a huge difference between the two statements in terms of intent. Before Murray sounded like he’d consider himself lucky to be on the court, now he sounds like a player who has more titles in his sights.
I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again
When he pulled out of the Brisbane International, things were looking grim. When he announced he wouldn’t be competing at the Australian Open, things were looking downright bleak. Perhaps it was the prospect of yet more time away from the court that put the Murray camp (and fans) in such a spiral. With the decision finally taken, the Murray camp and fans alike can start looking forward.
In 2013, Murray’s tour ended early when he opted to undergo back surgery. Many of the same doubts about his future arose at the time, and yet he came back to win another Grand Slam, more Olympic Gold, and become world number one for the first time. For Andy Murray hip surgery is not necessarily the end. And with the astonishing returns from injury that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have enjoyed, Murray knows its possible to come back strong. Even in the twilight years of a tennis career.
It’s by no means a definite that he will repeat that those achievements. But, for now at least, there’s no reason to believe he can’t.