‘I have become quite pessimistic about time frames’: Andy Murray at risk of missing Wimbledon as he waits to see if he requires THIRD hip operation
Andy Murray has not played since suffering from pelvic bruising in November He has been practising on court and could play at the Miami Open next monthBut 32-year-old has been hampered by discomfort from his second hip surgeryIf he requires a third op, then it would jeopardise the grass court season in June
Andy Murray has admitted his dream of returning to Wimbledon this year is in the balance after he suffered further complications from hip surgery.
Yet the twice champion at SW19 is adamant that he will keep fighting to realise that ambition, and insists that in a best case scenario he could even be back playing tournaments a month from now.
After keeping his own counsel since pulling out of the Australian Open just after Christmas, the 32-year-old Scot on Tuesday gave his first detailed update on the problems that have quashed the heartening recovery seen in the autumn.
Andy Murray has spoken about the problems that have quashed his heartening recovery
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Murray has missed eight of the last 10 Grand Slam men’s singles events. His last appearance was at the 2019 Australian Open, where he was beaten in the first round.
On the positive side he returned late last week to practising on court again. More concerning is the admission that natural extra bone growth resulting from his second operation 13 months ago has been causing discomfort.
If a third surgical procedure is required to remove it, then that would jeopardise the grass court season in June.
He did not rule out playing in the Miami Open next month, or in the clay court events that follow: ‘That’s what I hope but over the last couple of years I have become quite pessimistic about time frames, issues and stuff because of what has gone on and what has been said to me,’ he summarised.
Small wonder that he has had to become psychologically attuned to setbacks, this process having gone on since Wimbledon 2017.
Murray has not played yet this year after suffering from pelvic bruising in November
His triumph at the European Open in Antwerp on October 20 seems an age ago. Since then he has reluctantly expanded his knowledge bank on the hip area, and he referred to the ‘heterotopic ossification’ that has been troubling him around the pelvic area.
He may not know until early summer whether or not it will require further attention from his surgeon.
‘If I wasn’t able to have it until May or whatever, with six to eight weeks rehab, then that would mean missing that (grass court) period,’ said Murray after a hit on Tuesday at Roehampton’s National Tennis Centre.