Andy Murray Says He’s Still Feeling Hip Pain
by Tom Gainey | December 28th, 2018, 7:47 pm

Andy Murray opens his 2019 season in Brisbane next week, but all is still not well with the former No. 1s hip which underwent surgery almost a year ago. Earlier today he met the media at the event.

“I still have some pain in my hip but I need to play matches and see how it feels when I am able to play three, four, five matches in a row and take it from there,” Murray told the Telegraph.

“Last year when I came here it was tough, I was struggling quite a lot. It definitely feels a bit better than it did coming here last year. I’ve always loved playing here.

“I’m in a better place than I was a few months ago.”

He added that at 31 and nearing the end of his career, he doesn’t want an injury to dictate his future.

“You want to go out on your own terms. If I decided to stop six months ago having not played or gotten back to a level where I can compete again, I would have looked back and regretted that,” he said.

“I owed it to myself to give myself the best possible shot to get back to a level I was happy with.”

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15 Comments for Andy Murray Says He’s Still Feeling Hip Pain

Margot Says:

Bad news :(

chrisford1 Says:

It almost sounds like Andy is ready to stop or has thought about it, and his desire to get back seems focused on “going out on his own terms” – not being a champion again.
With his speed and stamina allowing many point cycles of stopping hard many times in a game, with the impact absorbed by lower leg and hip, will be tough for Andy to start taking punishment to his hips again from the way he always plays. Heavy footed and pounding back and forth on the baseline. Sudden stops. Roger and Novak have a certain grace and lightness of foot, plus Roger tries to shorten points to lower wear and tear on himself. While Novak uses his sliding like a shock absorber. Energy is peeled off, becoming friction heat vs absorbed in leg muscles and hip ligaments. Rafa tries to limit his hardcourt schedule – so that is his main way to reduce the wear on legs and hips. On clay, he peels off energy from motion just like Novak does. But he is heavy footed and it shows in his knee issues.

Hope Andy is around for several more years. It would be awful if he becomes the 1st of the Big 4 to retire. His situation bears monitoring match by match as he tries for a comeback.

RZ Says:

I just hope Andy has some good results this year, maybe a semi at a slam and a move back into the top 20. But more important that he doesn’t have additional pain.

Wog Boy Says:

Andy is either scared to put full weight on his right hip or he is not fully recovered and needs to build the confidence in his body.
That’s how he looks to me after these 7 games. I don’t want to discourage his fans, who I appreciate very much, but it doesn’t look promising at this stage, and he is visibly limping.
There are glimpses of his brilliance though.

Margot Roberts Says:

^ I have no expectations whatsoever, Wog Boy. In fact, I think he might retire this year.

Margot Says:

Wog Boy: I have zero expectations of Andy and would not be surprised if this was his last year on the ATP singles tour.

Daniel Says:

Murray won his first match which is a positive sign.So cool to see him back playing, and winning.

Wog Boy Says:

I wanted to see where is Andy atm, that was the first match since last year Rafa vs Cilic AO match that I watched live.
I am in two minds atm, Andy looks fit, but he didn’t sound convincing in his on court interview, let’s hope it is only the fear of overusing injured hip and that it will go away with more matches.

Margot Says:

Wog Boy: He’s bound to be cautious at first, I suppose. Only time will tell.

Wog Boy Says:

Where is JK, is she still posting on TX?

Wog Boy Says:

Only for Andy’s fans, he flew over Stradbroke Island, played cricket and had some Queensland oysters (I just LOVE them), he is definitely character, check it up…

Margot Says:

Thank you Wog Boy. That was great, after the disappointment of his loss to Med, it was good to see him having some fun.

SG1 Says:

Sad story. One of the great players of his generation. Hope that his hip heals up. He’s played in a lot of slam finals and won a few. Have to think that if he had stayed healthy he could have added at least two more slams to his resume. I really thought that when he made the finals at RG that he was going to have a decent chance at being No.1 for a while.

Okiegal Says:

@ Wog Boy….. Don’t comment much anymore but did want to address your loss. I am truly so very sorry….. I feel your pain and I might add it hasn’t gotten any better for me. It is said that time heals but I have to disagree. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Willow Says:

Okie Me too, left Wogboy a message on the off topic thread the December one ….

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