British tennis player Andy Murray could make an incredible return to top-level tennis after disclosing he is “pain-free” from his recent career threatening hip operation.
The former Wimbledon Champion was forced to undergo hip resurfacing surgery in January – his second hip operation on the troublesome hip in less than a year.
Murray having been plagued by the reoccurring injury problem since July 2017 after losing to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The 31-year-old, looking fresh and focused at a sponsorship event on Tuesday morning, cut an altogether more upbeat figure during a press conference at Queen’s Club when he provided a positive update on resuming his Grand Slam-winning 14-year career.
“I want to continue playing for sure. I have no pain in my hip anymore,” said Murray, who is no longer on crutches.
“The rehab is slow but going pretty well. I just need to wait and see how things progress. If it’s possible I’d love to compete again.”
An emotional Murray had earlier admitted that the career threatening injury had left him living in pain with putting on his socks and shoes giving him grief during his daily routine.
It looked certain that he was facing the end of his golden career as a number of leading tennis players – including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – paid tribute to the Scotsman via a video on court after his five-set defeat to Agut.
However, despite extensive rehabilitation, the problem persisted, leaving the resurfacing surgery as the only option to extend his career that has brought him two Wimbledon titles in 2013 and 2016, and a US Open victory seven years ago.
By Olukayode Oniwinde