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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Andy Murray shows he is on the mend after back operation

Published 24/09/2013 | 09:44

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Thumbs up: Andy Murray lets his fans know all is well after waking up from the operation to repair his back
Thumbs up: Andy Murray lets his fans know all is well after waking up from the operation to repair his back

Andy Murray last night indicated the back operation which ruled him out for the rest of the year had been a success.

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The Wimbledon champion underwent surgery yesterday in an attempt to ease the back pain with which he had been playing for the past 18 months. Details of the procedure were not made public but it is understood he was due to have a micro-discectomy to release the pressure on his sciatic nerve.

Murray last night issued a post-operative picture from his hospital bed and revealed that his first words upon waking up from the anaesthetic were: “Did I win?” He posted the picture on Twitter, and thanked his followers for supportive messages.

Murray, like the rest of British tennis, will today learn the identity of the Lawn Tennis Association’s new chief executive.

The tortuous search for a successor to the much-criticised Roger Draper was declared over when the organisation said they would announce the new incumbent this morning.

It has taken five months for the LTA to complete a recruitment processwhich began a month after Draper confirmed in March that he was ending his near eight-year reign.

The organisation was last month forced to go public with its plan for Nick Humby to lead the organisation during the void between Draper’s departure and the arrival of his replacement amid fears of a power vacuum at Roehampton.

Chief financial officer Humby was thought to be in the running to succeed Draper full-time, along with LTA commercial director Simon Long.

An appointment might have been made as long ago as Wimbledon but the LTA was left floundering by the ousting of Sport England chief executive Jennie Price from the interview process.

She had been seen as the clear favourite to succeed Draper for a second time, having also done so at Sport England when he left there for the LTA.

Whoever replaces Draper can forget about matching his bloated £640,000 salary, while they will be immediately under pressure to continue to Murray’s Wimbledon triumph to boost participation in the sport.

Meanwhile, Laura Robson suffered a first-round exit at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo yesterday after going down to a straight-sets loss to Ayumi Morita.

Robson was facing Morita for the third time in 2013. Morita is ranked 24 places below Robson at 62 in the world, but has now won two of those three meetings.

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