Superstar Andy Murray has undergone another hip surgery in an attempt to save his tennis career. Prior to the Australian Open in January, Murray announced that he was on the verge of retirement from the game. Murray attributed the announcement to the fact that the pain in his right hip had not subsided despite undergoing a procedure about a year ago.
Murray confirmed via social media that the surgery was successful and that he is optimistic that the constant pain will be alleviated. In the Instagram post, he wrote, “I underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London yesterday morning. Feeling battered and bruised just now but hopefully, that will be the end of my hip pain.” Murray also posted a screenshot of an X-ray.
Those that know anything about how to bet on tennis know that it’s risky to bet on players in their first events back from serious injury. So, whenever Murray does return to the court, it’s likely going to take him some time to round into form. Murray could be in for quite the lengthy rehabilitation process. It’s no guarantee at all that Murray is ever quite the same, unfortunately.
Murray was upset in a 5-set heartbreaker by Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut in the first round of the Australian Open. After the defeat, Murray told the press that he needed to make a decision regarding whether to have additional surgery. Doing so could have put his career at risk, but he is obviously optimistic that the decision will pay dividends.
The alternative for Murray would have been to take the next several months off with an eye toward making a return to the court for Wimbledon in July. Murray has said that he would like to retire following Wimbledon, but the decision to have the surgery is a clear sign that he would like to extend his professional playing career.
However, opting to have the surgery will likely leave Murray sidelined for this summer’s event.
Former Chelsea doctor Ralph Rogers told ESPN, “I’ll be very pleasantly surprised if Andy Murray managed to compete at Wimbledon this summer. The next 3-4 months are going to be very crucial because he would need to build match fitness in order to feature at Wimbledon.”
Rogers added, “I would love to see him there, but I can’t see him competing at the tournament if he hasn’t had any game time beforehand.”
Following his loss in Melbourne, Murray officially withdrew from ATP events in Marseille and Montpellier slated to take place in February. It’s been a frustrating year-and-a-half for Murray, who has struggled to stay fit amid the lingering hip problems. He has repeatedly had to withdraw from tournaments early because of the severity of the pain.
Murray’s crowning achievement occurred in 2013 when he became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years. He would go on to win the event again in 2016. His only other Grand Slam title came at the 2012 U.S. Open. Murray has also won a couple of Olympic singles gold medals as well as a Davis Cup. He has also reached No. 1 in the world rankings on numerous occasions.
The caption for Murray’s X-ray photo said, “I now have a metal hip as you can see. And I look like I’ve got a bit of a gut.” Murray’s last hip operation in January of 2018 did little to ease the pain.
After the loss to Agut, Murray said, “I have an option to have another operation – which is a little bit more kind of severe than what I’ve had before – having my hip resurfaced, which will allow me to have a better quality of life and be out of pain. That’s something that I’m seriously considering right now. Some athletes have had that and have gone back to competing. But there’s obviously no guarantees with that. The reason for having an operation like that is not to return to professional sports, you know, it’s just for a better quality of life.”
Murray has reportedly been in touch with American tennis player Bob Bryan, who underwent a hip resurfacing procedure with a metal implant this past August. Bryan was back on the court and practicing by December, and he officially returned to action at the Australian Open, where he competed in doubles.
When asked about Murray, Bryan said recently, “He’s been watching me like a hawk, asking me how I’m feeling after matches, after practices, where I’m at. He’s just trying to gauge how long it would take him if this procedure is an option. I’m just trying to be supportive. I’ve never once told him, ‘This is the way to go,’ because I do see that singles is a different monster. Those guys are really sliding around, killing themselves for four hours. Who knows if this joint would hold up?”
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