Injury: Andy Murray Unsure Of Returning To Tennis

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Former world number one, Andy Murray has revealed that he does not feel pain on his hip anymore, but doubt if he could play tennis again.

The former British number one said at Australia Open in January, that he could quit tennis because of injuries that plagued his career in 2018.

Murray underwent a hip surgery after his first round exit in Australia, in the effort to salvage his professional career.

In an interview with BBC Sports, he disclosed that he is “pain free” following the surgery, but stated that his chances of playing in Wimbledon this year are “less than 50%”.

“The rehab is slow but going well,” the Briton said.

“I want to continue playing, I said that in Australia. The issue is I don’t know whether it’s possible.”

“The operation went well. I’m feeling good and walking around pain free – which hasn’t been the case for pretty much 18 months, two years.

“The reason for having the surgery was to improve all the day-to-day things and my quality of life.

“I wasn’t enjoying tennis, I wasn’t enjoying going out for walks and doing basic things – it was painful tying my laces. I wanted to get rid of that”.

The 31-year-old also said he is not under pressure to resume a career, which has seen him win two Olympic gold medals and 45 singles titles.

“I have to wait and see. I’m not allowed to start doing any high-impact movement for the first four months after the surgery and it is only then when I can see if I can compete at any level.

“Whether that is competing in the top 10 in the world, that is probably unlikely, but could I get to top 50, top 100 level? That may be possible.

“I don’t feel any pressure to come back; I don’t feel pressure to play. If it allows me to play that’s brilliant.

“To play singles at Wimbledon I’d say it would be less than 50% chance, doubles maybe possibly,” Murray added.

The three-time Grand Slam winner also said the resurfacing procedure he had was not a determinant factor that he could play singles tennis again.

“Bob Bryan had the same operation and was competing after five and a half months. But there is a vast difference between singles and doubles, in terms of the physicality and the loads you put through the body.

“I think it is possible to return to singles, but I don’t want to say it is highly likely because it hasn’t been done before. I can’t look at another tennis player and say that guy has done it.

“The surgeons said I can try but couldn’t give me any guarantees.

“The thing that gives me hope is that in Australia and in the past 18 months, my hip was in a really bad way and I was still able to compete and win matches against very good players.”

“If my hip is better now and with less pain there is a chance I could do it again,” he further said.

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