Wednesday 12 December 2018

Andy Murray issues emotional social media post as he considers hip surgery following aborted comeback

Andy Murray pulled out of the 2017 US Open. (Photo by Joe Toth - AELTC Pool/Getty Images)
Andy Murray pulled out of the 2017 US Open. (Photo by Joe Toth - AELTC Pool/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has issued an emotional message after admitting he faces an uncertain future in the game following his decision to postpone his comeback to the ATP tour.

Murray has not played since limping out of Wimbledon last July with a hip injury and was planning to return to an event in Brisbane this week, but has admitted for the first time that he may be forced to have an operation on his ongoing problem.

A chronic hip injury is one of the most dreaded for any tennis player and speculation over his future in the game will now heighten after this Instagram post.

“I've obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists,” he write.

“Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing.

“Having played practice sets here in Brisbane with some top players unfortunately this hasn't worked yet to get me to the level I would like so I have to reassess my options.

“Obviously continuing rehab is one option and giving my hip more time to recover. Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as I high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that. However this is something I may have to consider but let's hope not.”

Murray’s post included an image of himself as a young kid at his Dunblane school, as he admitted he was missing the game and was ‘demoralised’ by his extended spell on the sidelines.

“I choose this pic as the little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and compete,” he added. “I genuinely miss it so much and i would give anything to be back out there.

“I didn't realise until these last few months just how much I love this game. Everytime I wake up from sleeping or napping i hope that it's better and it's quite demoralising when you get on the court it's not at the level you need it to be to compete at this level.”

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