Andy Murray Undergoes Hip Surgery In Melbourne, Targets Grass Season Return
by Staff | January 8th, 2018, 9:49 am
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In a surprise announcement, Andy Murray underwent hip surgery Monday in Melbourne, Australia. The Scot was reported to have flown home last week after withdrawing from the Australian Open, but instead flew to Melbourne to have this procedure done. He now hopes to return for the grass season, which means he’ll have missed about a year of action.

“Today I underwent successful right hip surgery at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne,” Murray posted on social media. “I’d like to thank Dr John O’Donnell and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive tennis during the grass court season. Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and support over the last few days. I’ll comeback from this”

More details from the Guardian.

“I went in at 7.30am and I woke up from the operation about 10.30am,” Murray told the Guardian. “I’m very optimistic because, having spoken to the surgeon, he was very happy about how it went. He felt that my hip will be feeling better than it did a year ago. I was still doing fine a year ago, ranked No. 1 in the world.”

He added to the Daily Mail, that he hopes to be back on court in a few months.

“My plan is to be back playing around the grass court season – potentially before then, but I’m certainly not going to rush anything,” Murray told the Mail. “I’ve been quoted times for how long it’s taken for players to get back from the surgery I’ve had, and I’ve been given up to 14 weeks. Most likely that will be around the grass court season, maybe slightly before.

“I’m not going to put a date on it, because there’s no need for me to do that. I want to come back when I’m fit and ready to play, not to get into a situation like in Brisbane or New York (last year’s US Open), where I’m unsure when I turn up at a tournament how fit I am. I want to know when I come back that I’m ready.”

Murray will stay in Melbourne another week before returning home. While speaking with reporters, he also revealed he underwent a minor groin procedure on December 18.

When he does return, he hinted he would be playing less.

“Moving forward I’ll certainly be playing a reduced schedule, and then focusing more on trying to win major events and big tournaments rather than trying to achieve certain ranking goals,” Murray said.


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73 Comments for Andy Murray Undergoes Hip Surgery In Melbourne, Targets Grass Season Return

AndyMira Says:

YESSS!!…Oh!good news indeed Andy!!…Oh!what a relief to hear that !…I wish u a speedy recovery Andy!..Hurry up comeback okay?Can’t wait to see u play tennis & win again!!…Woohooo!!


Margot Says:

Gobsmacked 😲 what a dark horse 🐴 our Andy is.
Targeting Wimbledon 🎾 seems a tad ambitious but we shall see.
Great 😊 news he’s so upbeat tho😍😎😏❤😵👍


the_mind_reels Says:

Here’s wishing the best to Andy’s recovery! Hopefully this gives him the chance to compete both in the way and at the level he wants to for the remainder of his career.


skeezer Says:

^Same here. Sounds like it wasn’t total hip replacement, which is great. Hope they did a good job and he is back soon.


Giles Says:

Good luck Andy. Wishing you a speedy recovery.


RZ Says:

Hopefully the surgery and ensuing recovery will be just what Andy needed. Interesting that he stuck around Melbourne for his surgery (not that I know where the best hip surgeons are located). I wonder if he wanted to stick around the AO for some of his mentees.


Margot Says:

RZ: Apparently he’s been consulting this surgeon for years about his hip so this decision makes sense.
What doesn’t make sense is that he’s delayed it so long, especially as now he’s going to be as mobile as he was a year ago, or so he says.
Will he really know until he gets back on court?


RZ Says:

@Margot – I guess the decision was made after rehab didn’t get him to where he wanted to be. (Hindsight is 20/20 as they say)


RZ Says:

Thanks Giles


Okiegal Says:

This is great news! Andy is getting this going so he can be ready for Wimby!! Hey, Andy fans…..sounds like he’s on a mission!! I too wish him a speedy recovery…..C’MON ANDY!!!


Emilia Says:

Are Australian surgenos better than the British ones?
Anyway, a quick recovery wished!


j-kath Says:

Emilia:
There are so few top British tennis players that we are a bit short of sports surgeons who specialize in tennis injuries…
excuse the frivolity…even though there is a smidgeon of truth in it.

Hope Andy does not come back too soon and “arses” it up.


Willow Says:

That is fantastic news i dont know what to expect when he returns, but having him back playing will be all that matters, best of luck Andy ;-)


Margot Says:

Agreeing with you Kath. He’s said he’s targeting the grass season, but that seems awfully soon to me, to be playing at the highest level anyway.
He’s had arthroscopic surgery apparently. Any doctors in the house?
I know we have lawyers so possibly……;)


Daniel Says:

Hewitt was able to return 10 weeks after hip surgery and knee, maybe Murray can do the same, 3-4 motnhs.

Kurten OTOH was never the same after hip surgery and called it quits as he still felt pain when playing.


j-kath Says:

Margot: Looked it up – it’s basically key-hole surgery – instrument is an arthroscope with a light…minimal invasiveness. Andy’s young age (if we discount his profession) is in his favour. Normally gets rid of pain, arthritis-type cartilage on bone and any dislocation. 95% success-rate (for folk with somewhat sedentary occupations)!

On his return, should he push himself and triggers pain, he may need a second “exploration” – guess that would definitely end his tennis career. He’s obviously aware of this as he has said as long as he can continue to play he’d be happy enuf at being approx. no. 30.


Connie Says:

@Margot: Well I don’t know about humans but this arthroscopy op is hugely successful on cats! Our cat had it done and was climbing trees within a month! Seriously, it could have been a lot worse and apparently his rehab will stand him in good stead as that would have strengthened the supporting area, which will be helpful in his recovery. Good luck to Andy!


Wog Boy Says:

Firstly, good luck Andy.

Secondly, can believe the people who are wandering about quality of medical experts and in Australia, for you your information, we stopped hunting kangaroos with boomerang long time ago.


Wog Boy Says:

http://www.johnodonnell.com.au

“Dr O’Donnell has been performing hip arthroscopy since 1990 and is one of the most experienced hip arthroscopy Surgeons in the world.”


RZ Says:

Hi Wog Boy, sorry I hadn’t meant to insinuate that the medical care in Australia is no good. I had just assumed that Andy would have preferred to have surgery closer to home, unless there was a renowned specialist in the area or he had a reason to stick around Melbourne.


j-kath Says:

Wogboy: Thanks for your input. It’s obvious Andy had a star surgeon in mind …possibly part of the reason he came to Aussie in the first place. He’s got the money to pay for the best and endorse his decision to do so (not like a lot of Brits. who rely entirely on a potentially worthy but hard-stretched NHS).

Glad to hear you’ve stopped hunting kangaroos but hope “your boomerangs” keep returnings to those who simply enjoy it, (minus the long-gone lethal intent).


Wog Boy Says:

RZ,
That’s ok, trust me, I have similar experiences with people from my old country when go back, they watched too much MadMax movies, also with foreign tourists (I work in tourism industry), particularly from one country who are asking me if they will be able to see kangaroos in Sydney, urban city of five million people?! They can see ugly water rats, but definitely not kangaroos, though you can see them in rural parts of metropolitan Sydney.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Not all the boomerangs are coming back, definitely not the ones tourists are buying.
Properly made are coming back as long as you know how to throw them, which is not easy to master.

This one didn’t come back, enjoy it:)

https://youtu.be/_prtbj4MtDU


j-kath Says:

Wogboy: Yep! Thanks for the glimpse into the past. Didn’t realise the boomerang was politically incorrect!!!! I think the only place I might be welcome soon is with Donald Trump…as long as he takes his golf course out of Scotland.

Re: The tennis lads. Waiting with baited breath to see how Nole is progressing….hoping he will be around to add to the excitement of who will win XYZ.

Re. Andy: Apart from his surgery – I’m wondering why so little is said about daughter no. 2…….Andy said he wanted his daughter, Sophia, to see him play but the absence of any mention on daughter no. 2 strikes me with ……??? ..unease? Hope I’m simply wanting tidy facts. I deserve to be ignored.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Agree, world is becoming sterile place, everything has to be regulated, everything has to be PC even Nole became too much PC in the last couple of years for my liking and that didn’t do any good to him, on the contrary. I liked old, rough around the edges Nole.
What I don’t understand, last year was when sacked entire team why hasn’t he sacked his PR managers, the only two peole who survived sacking were to of them, they should’ve been sacked first.
Thanks for the nice thoughts about Nole but I am very skeptical about his return, not just for AO, but long term. Something doesn’t add up, I am afraid to say but I think he lost that inner drive that brought him all of the success and glory.


BBB Says:

Good fake-out from Andy. Hope he recovers quickly, and thoroughly.


Wog Boy Says:

Since there is no Rafa thread and Andy thread is friendly thread, Rafa looks rusty and pretty disinterested at Kooyong, conditions are bad too, strong wind blows over open court. He is down set and the break against Gasquet.


AndyMira Says:

Oh really WB?Oopss!…That’s unusual for Rafa to look disinterested even in exo…but thank u so much for the info WB..Really appreciated as i can’t watch the match…


Wog Boy Says:

AM, no probs, conditions are pretty bad since Kooyong is pretty much open to elements.
If you have enough data on your mobile phone or you are at home you can download “7 TENNIS” app for fre watch plenty of matches simultaneously including Rafa, all you need is data.


Wog Boy Says:

“7 TENNIS” for free


AndyMira Says:

7 tennis is free WB??Oh yess!!…Thank u WB!…I’m gonna try it!


Margot Says:

LOL Connie! Not sure your analogy applies, but hope it does…;)


Wog Boy Says:

Margot, are afraid of seeing Andy climbing trees within a month? That would be sight to behold;)

BTW, De Minaur played another mature match today beating Verdasko in two. There is a lot to like in this young man, tennis wise and personality wise, if only he can grow another 5 plus cm.


J.S. Says:

7 Tennis doesn’t work in America! But, after an hour I did find a live stream on you tube….someone was broadcasting it from the 7 Tennis on YT and you can chat, so sort of fun!

It was frustrating trying to find a link. Hopefully, someone will stream Tie Break Tens??

WB?? Did I do something wrong? Or, am I correct, no stream in America? HELP :)


J.S. Says:

WB…..Just to clarify – I am looking for a Tie Break Tens stream?? TY

Also, I agree with you on De Minaur (I just saw your comment) he is very likeable and my fav player from Australia…about time!! LOL


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.
I really don’t know how these apps work, but I don’t see the reason not to work if other apps from all over the world work here in Australia, Wimbledon, USO, RG and others.
My “7 tennis” app works perfectly and I can pick and choose matches they have on app on my mobile. May be they blocked iit n the State or outside Australia, just guessing. Sorry if I am not of much help.


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.
I like the people I saw in De Minaur box, beside Hewitt was Tony Roche.


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.

This link explains how to unblock 7 tennis if you are overseas, scroll down, I don’t understand a thing, it’s too advanced for me, something to do with your IP address.

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/securitygladiators.com/channel-7-outside-australia/amp/


J.S. Says:

Yep it worked for the first 15 minutes but then wanted me to upgrade (buy). It might be user error, LOL But thank you….WB!!!


gonzalowski Says:

J.S. maybe you can try batmanstream???

Herald Sun: Nadal after loss to Gasquet, affirmed that “both he and his knee are “good” and that if there were any injury cloud still hanging over him, he would not be in Melbourne”

btw, it’s funny for me this australian sport, australian footbal is the name? :)


j-kath Says:

Margot and Connie: Try a young male Rottweiler…..hip 1 @ 2 years old; then hip 2 @ 4 years old….no wonder my sister’s counting her pennies. Because of strains on the NHS, there are truly some folk in my area taking themselves to the local vet.


Wog Boy Says:

Gonza,
Is it this football you are talking about?:

https://youtu.be/zxhqXzVBen4


gonzalowski Says:

yep! so tough… this I dont’t know well, but I love rugby


Wog Boy Says:

I follow rugby too, it is played in NSW and Queensland, this game is called Aussi rules and it’s played in southern states (Melbourne and Adelaide) and they are absolutely fanatics about the game, in Melbourne they come in thousands just to watch training session, it has its origins in Gaelic footbal. You have to be strong, tall, to jump high and ready for the punch up;)


gonzalowski Says:

Aha, 👍 intersting, didn’t know
So we could say that in USA rugby evolved to football, and in australia to aussie football ??


Wog Boy Says:

Sort of, they combined Gaelic football and rugby to make Aussie rules, bigger part of the game came from Gaelic footbal which is still popular in Ireland.


gonzalowski Says:

It seems to me that the Anglo-Saxon world has gone towards a ‘warrior’ soccer, and the Brazilians for example towards the ‘futvoley’, with more filigree…
and warmth 😎
I was at Scotland, and I was surprised how much football players shouted, in one of these large parks.


j-kath Says:

Gonzalowski: Whereabouts in Scotland? I live in Scotland but prefer (UK)rugby to (UK)football.


gonzalowski Says:

j-kath, I was one summer near Perth, on St. Fillans, working at Four Seasons Hotel owned by Scott family, nice people :))
nice country!! It was hard work, but great recalls. My friend and I visited some of it (Edimburgo, Scottish games, Glasgow, and had a great time at Oban !!)


j-kath Says:

Gonzalowski: Absolutely fantastic – so pleased you enjoyed it. You were also close to Andy’s home at Dunblane.

We had a hotel 14 miles from Oban close to the hydro scheme at Loch Awe. Also lived for short times in Edinburgh and Glasgow…(the Glasgow accent and sense of humour had me in tears from laughing all day long). Glad you have great recalls.


gonzalowski Says:

about the accent, (and my poor english), at the pub I didn’t understand anything; I remember being a whole minute trying to pronounce the word ‘calm’ to a Scottish companion, until he understood me; or maybe he would tease me.
It’s true, very close to Dunblane. Vamos Andy!!


Wog Boy Says:

Finally after six months Nole is playing against Thiem at Kooyong today (Wednesday) and that in completly new gear, uncluding Asics shoes, no more Adidas.


BBB Says:

I didn’t realize he switched. I prefer Asics myself.


AndyMira Says:

Wooo!!..From the score, Nole sure start giving warning to his peers at AO next week!..Welcome back Nole!Heh heh…

P/S..And I bet,Thiem played 4,5 meter’s behind the baseline again?


skeezer Says:

Djoker almost wipes out a ballboy with a practice serve.


Van Persie Says:

I did just read, that Nole did pretty well against Thiem.

@ WB,,

Did you watch the match?


Wog Boy Says:

Hi VP,

I watched the match. First set Thiem was completely off, Nole didn’t do anything special, it was Thiem double faulting, shanking all over..
Second set was much more even, but Thiem imo was practicing HC game, he was hitting more flat than usual and missing more often than usual.
Two things I liked about Nole, he really looked relaxed and his serving was really good. You would expect that elbow injury will mostly affect his serving, but was smooth serving, hitting the spots well, with confidence. In the 9th game of the second set he gave Thiem around six BP and save them with good serves, half of them second serves. It reminded me on time when his second serve was weapon.
All together better showing than expected even for an exhibition, I loved when saw him pissed off few times in the second when he missed few shots that he usually doesn’t miss. His BH was better than FH.
As for Thiem, he was sick in Doha and jet legged here,


Van Persie Says:

Hi WB,

Thank you for the feedback.

Well, Thiem does not really like to play Djoko and agree with you, he was also sick last week, but still, I was really glad to read something positive about Nole this morning.
I just hope, that injury is not that bad, as I was afraid.


Wog Boy Says:

One more thing, Nole wears sleeve on right arm and was joking that he knows now the secret of Kyrgios good serving:)


Van Persie Says:

WB, hehe, he was joking, but am sure Kyrgios is very much in his mind


Van Persie Says:

I really , really wish Nole will be healthy and will play at this AO. Miss to watch his matches.


Wog Boy Says:

I think Aussie fans love him too, reception at Kooyong was really loud and warm and they cheered his every point and good play.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Every decent tennis fan missed Nole, I think. Without Nole we would had a long Roger-Rafa hegemony in this Golden ERA. Andy would have been the only one to stop it.
Last years were more interesting with Djoko in that mix.


Willow Says:

LOL Bloody hell, how did Rafa get that ball back ?


Willow Says:

LOL Novak sitting in the umpires chair, so funny, gotta love his sense of humour ….


skeezer Says:

“Without Nole we would had a long Roger-Rafa hegemony in this Golden ERA”
Uh? The Golden ERA IS Fedal. When Fedal is done, who ya got? These two have made the ERA. Just sayin….


Wog Boy Says:

And yet Nole (not a maker of golden era) won 12GS in that golden era, beating both of them in almost every GS he won and ones he hasn’t won (beating 36 yeras old in 12 out of 18 finals they played) and having positive h2h against both of them, but he is no active part of golde era…what are you smoking, give me some of it?


skeezer Says:

Knew sniffer would come around with a remark. All good, that is what sniffers so.
Again, after Fedal is gone, who ya got?


Wog Boy Says:

Just when I thought Slimy can’t go any lower he hits new lows.

This golden era not because of two, not even four players, but strongest top10/20 players ever on top of those four players and strongest competition ever that we were blessed to witness and enjoy, but try to explain that to 35 years old fanatic(s).


skeezer Says:

Sniffers just sniff and whine, and give no quantitive answers. Case closed.


Van Persie Says:

Haha WB,

Just ignore IT


James Says:

Murray is done. Tennis needs too much hip rotation. Hip never heals fully. Ask Guga.

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