Andy Murray Withdraws From Brisbane, Considers Hip Surgery
by Tom Gainey | January 2nd, 2018, 9:30 am
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Bad news for Andy Murray. The Scot who lifted hopes by playing a set last week in Abu Dhabi then showing up in Brisbane, had to withdraw from Brisbane due to his hip.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Murray revealed that after five months off tour, surgery is an option.

Hey everyone.. Just wanted to write a little message on here for anyone interested in what in going through right now.

Firstly I want to apologise to @brisbanetennis for withdrawing at late notice and to everyone who wanted to come along to watch me play(or lose😇) The organisers couldn’t have been more understanding and supportive and I’ll always remember that. Thank you.

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. 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.

I choose this pic as the little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and Compete.. 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.

In the short term I’m going to be staying in Australia for the next couple of days to see if my hip settles down a bit and will decide by the weekend whether to stay out here or fly home to assess what I do next.

Sorry for the long post but I wanted to keep everyone in the loop and get this off my chest as it’s really hurting inside.

Hope to see you back on the court soon 🎾😢❤️

A post shared by Andy Murray (@andymurray) on

Murray could still enter an exo next week or take a wildcard into Sydney. But based on his language, it doesn’t sound likely Murray’s going to play at all in Australia, especially not in best-of-5. That decision, he said, will be made on the weekend.


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56 Comments for Andy Murray Withdraws From Brisbane, Considers Hip Surgery

Daniel Says:

Sad news. Must be devastiting for him. Hope he can recover and no surgery needed. Hewitt and Kuerten cringe my mind when I hear hip surgery😬


Margot Says:

So sad reading that and seeing the picture of darling Andy. Tennis means so much to him but I fear this is the beginning of the end. Awful way to end his career.
Good luck Andy, whatever happens next I’ll always be grateful for the pleasure you brought to this tennis fan.


RZ Says:

Not a happy way to start tennis 2018!


Madmax Says:

Margot!

STOP! This is NOT the beginning of the end. This is something that he will experience and learn from and will come back even stronger. I really believe that.

No doom and gloom please. It does not help the situation.


Willow Says:

Sad start to the season, was hoping his injury woes were behind him, nothing else left to say other than hope he bounces back soon ….


RZ Says:

😪😰😥😔😞


Margot Says:

Cut the lecture Madmax. I will react exactly as I want to. He has had 6 months of extensive rehab and its done no good. He had avoided surgery because he had been told there would be no guarantee of success. Now it looks inevitable.
Then, after what 6 months, he has to climb the greasy pole again? At 32? Not going to happen, only IMHO of course, natch.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…… You have every right to react as you please! Injuries are the pits. I know as a fan you are so despondent over this development. My heart hurts for him…..he can’t seem to catch a break! I hurt for his fans too……especially for you and J-Kath…….a bad start to 2018!!


Willow Says:

Why do posters feel they have the right to tell posters how to react ?


Willow Says:

Hi Okie ….


j-kath Says:

Margot: Re. AndyI sent U a wee separate note – but seems to have got wiped!!!! I know how you feel, been sweating this out too.

RZ: Loved your emotifs.
Willow & Okie: Very kind – both of you….even as you worry about Rafa as well.

Hugs to all.


Willow Says:

J-Kaths love and hugs to you and Margot XX ….


AndyMira Says:

Don’t worry Andy!…Go & have surgery…But don’t forget to come back here & work your way to play tennis again..no matter how hard it is…You’re part of the Big 4..They’re very special breed..they don’t give up easily..don’t forget that Andy!

Now,in 2 years time u will winning again…I believe in u Andy!..C’mon!!


skeezer Says:

Sad news. Does anyone know if it is a hip replacement he is considering?


t4t Says:

Ha ha, Andy can have a new hip and new genes and come back as a super athlete like you know who.


J.S. Says:

I am sad about Andy’s injury. Hope he figures it out, I miss him!

Who else is questionable for AO, Sock….anyone else?

Yikes! I agree not a good start to 2018


t4t Says:

Federer is definitely a questionable (character) but alas he is not questionable for AO. He must be licking his chops!


Okiegal Says:

Hi back Willow! I’m still all tore up about my Sooner’s loss to Georgia…..but this too shall pass… just like when Rafa loses…. I’m resilient and will always bounce back… just like a rubber ball! Lol


Okiegal Says:

@JK….Don’t forget Andy is my second choice….gee I hope he gets fixed up and back in the groove…. dang it, he’s had a run of bad luck. Sorry for him and his faithful fans…..big HUGS back at cha!!


Margot Says:

Thank you for your support Okiegal and Willow. Much appreciated.
Skeeze, it’s still only speculation in the press as to what is actually wrong with his hip, leave alone what kind of op he might need. A torn labrum has been suggested but, as has ben pointed out, Andy has said he’s had the problem for years and it’s unlikely he’d have just left that kind of injury. Or indeed been able to continue playing with such.


RZ Says:

On a lighter note, anyone else think that Andy’s kid pic looks like the kid from Love Actually?


t4t Says:

The fact that Fed has suffered no major injuries in his career apart from fake ones is a result of favoritism by ATP/ITF and miracles dispensed by U of B. Fed gets to play easy opponents in the first two rounds ( which will get extended to 3 rounds when number of seeds is reduced to 16) The other 3 + Wawrinka get players one just outside 32 and the other a little further away from 32. Also heat is killing in Australia so anyone who gets night matches consistently has an unfair advantage. Guess who gets night matches?


t4t Says:

Sorry wrong thread


t4t Says:

The kid looks adorable. Andy’s plight is heartbreaking not just to him but also to tennis fans like us.


j-kath Says:

RZ: I just read an article on Andy’s likeness to “Love Actually” – will try to find it and post for you.


RZ Says:

Thanks J-Kath!


Willow Says:

Super cute picture of Andy, but really annoying that the tennis gods always curse my favorite players with injury woes, give me a break purlease ….


Madmax Says:

Willow Says:
Why do posters feel they have the right to tell posters how to react ?

January 2nd, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Be quiet Willow and stop sounding so sanctimonious. Some of us fans are actually genuine. I absolutely feel for Margot, it’s dreadful. I wrote a very long post about an article that I had read about Andy and that he had not yet made a decision about his surgery, this post came before my second one, which you mistook for whatever you decided to mistake it for, as you do when you decide to get onto your huge soapbox every now and again.

Margot, J-Kath, the STOP was absolutely not in anger, it was in my own way trying to say, halt the negativity. I have absolute faith that Andy will get the best advice and best remedial care. I went onto say that I felt dreadful after hearing about Fed 8 months back and how devastated it was to hear about this, not knowing what would happen. So I was trying to give some encouragement. Hope you took it that way too.

Willow, go and rewire.


Madmax Says:

Margot,

Forever positive – read this: What do YOU think Margot?

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/899504/Andy-Murray-injury-hip-serious-surgery-physio

“The main reason hip problems affect tennis players is the fast, rotational change of direction that is so much part of the game.

“The hard surfaces they play on also place a lot of stress on the hip.

“The longer Andy Murray’s injury troubles him, the more concerning it is, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t get back to 100 per cent.

“Hip surgery can be difficult to recover from because the hip is a ball-and-socket joint, so a lot of the stability comes from pressure within the socket, and then you have this capsule that comes over the top — stability of the hip is created by those two structures.

“Surgery means disrupting those structures and therefore the stability.”
Andy Murray injury is serious but surgery would NOT end career, claims physio
ANDY MURRAY has admitted he may need surgery on his troublesome hip and one physiotherapist has revealed the effects that might have on his game.

“The hip is a weight-bearing joint that takes a lot of stress,” Brown told The Times.


Madmax Says:

All of us, all tennis fans are rooting for him to get back. Same goes for Novak. It just does not feel the same, it just doesn’t feel right. Does it?

If Federer can recover, and Rafa, (multiple times), then so can Andy.

He can.


Willow Says:

Madmax Dont tell me what to do i dont appreciate it, im perfectly well wired thankyou ….


j-kath Says:

Madmax: I have a Sports Physio in my family – he travels from Edinburgh to London
and joins teams at various London hospitals…..he says only “medics” who have examined
Andy are in a position to identity cause, effect and remedy in relation to Andy’s career.
For me, I don’t wish to guess what decision Andy may make.

Thank you anyway for stating your hope that Andy will return fully fit – certainly I endorse that.


Margot Says:

Andy out of AO. It’s official :(
Saying an op could put him out for a year and again no guarantee. Every reason to be pessimistic.
OK Madamax pax, but I really don’t believe in false optimism..


Margot Says:

Kei out now too. Honestly, dropping like flies and its not even started yet1


Wog Boy Says:

Nole and Stan are next.

Tomic has been refused WC and then he refused to play qualifications. He is out too, unless he changes his mind about playing qualifications. I am pretty sure 4K and De Minour will get WC.


Van Persie Says:

yep, I would be very surprised if Nole played AO, and even if he did, he would not make it to 3 round.
He will most likely need a surgery. Looking forward to see him on tour in 2019.


Van Persie Says:

Or , who knows, perhaps 2018 will end better than it began.


Van Persie Says:

Andy has accepted now the injury, Nole is still in denial, I would say


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
Halrp played really good match against Sabalenka, looks good, fitter and quicker on her legs, Sabalenka isn’t pushover.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ Halep


Van Persie Says:

Hi WB,

I did not watch Halep. She is a choker , when it matters most. Hope she will prove me wrong. First time I hear about Sabalenka, excuse my ignorance. :)


Wog Boy Says:

Me too, but she plays very similar to Azarenka and grunts even louder:)


Wog Boy Says:

^^^.. and is good looking;)


j-kath Says:

Margot: Agree – false optimism irritates me – especially when there are no facts to back it up.


Van Persie Says:

^^ haha, did now a search on Google, she looks a bit like Sascha Zverev


Van Persie Says:

^ above was for WB, not for J-K :)


Willow Says:

Gutted about Andy, just hope Rafa wont follow suit, love tennis, but the AO has to be my least favorite GS of the year ….


Daniel Says:

Love AO, the other three happens to close to each othe rinna spam of less than 4 months. AO brings some balance as we did not gabe Grand slam tennis for too long.

The only downside for me is 2 weeks that stay like a zombie

Awful news for Andy, really thouggt they could all be ready for AO, but seems not half will be.


Willow Says:

Each to their own i suppose ….


j-kath Says:

Van Persie @ 5.00am. Howdie VP – I didn’t relate your comments to Andy – sorri if you thought so.


Madmax Says:

Margot,

Have you read this? Here is an excerpt: Read second paragraph here please. Jairaj added: “The elite athletes that I have had, even those with significant damage, we’ve got them back to do their sport again. I haven’t had anyone that hasn’t got back.”Here is the full link. Stay positive Margot.

Scroll right down to find the comments about Murray.

http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/21980086/roger-federer-belinda-bencic-win-perth-hopman-cup

“Best case scenario, is that he has the surgery and makes a full recovery after six to nine, or even 12 months. Worst case? He’s got massive articular cartilage loss, the repair doesn’t take and he doesn’t return to competitive play.”

Jairaj added: “The elite athletes that I have had, even those with significant damage, we’ve got them back to do their sport again. I haven’t had anyone that hasn’t got back.”


j-kath Says:

Madmax:

Noted your post @ Margot. Perhaps we should listen to what Judy Murray says…..if I can find it again…she is being mighty sarcastic about every Tom, Dick and Harry diagnosing Andy’s condition.


j-kath Says:

PS: Found part of what Judy said on Twitter – can’t copy and paste ….but if anyone’s interested scroll to Jan.5th ….Sarcastically she marvels at all the sudden experts etc. etc.


Margot Says:

Yeah, I saw that Kath. Agree with her. No doctor in his/her right mind makes a diagnosis from afar. Suddenly the world and his wife has become an “expert” on Andy’s condition, while he himself says very little indeed.
Sorry Madmax, but relentless positivity doesn’t suit me. I am a realist.

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