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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