Andy Murray targets Wimbledon return after undergoing successful hip surgery in Melbourne
Andy Murray had hip surgery in Melbourne in the present day and is assured that he shall be again taking part in at Wimbledon this summer season. The Scot, talking by phone from his hospital mattress after having the operation at 7.30 this morning native time, stated his surgeon was “very happy” with the end result and had advised him that he ought to be capable to resume his profession freed from the ache that has dogged him since final summer season.
Murray by no means really left Australia after pulling out of each final week’s Brisbane International and subsequent week’s Australian Open. Instead he flew from Brisbane to Melbourne, the place he noticed Dr John O’Donnell, one of many world’s main hip specialists, who performed the operation in the present day. He has consulted O’Donnell repeatedly ever since first struggling hip bother 10 years in the past.
“I’m very optimistic,” Murray stated when requested concerning the future, having come spherical from the surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital in East Melbourne at 10.30 this morning. “If I can get myself to 95 per cent of my best I believe that’s enough to compete at the highest level. No question.”
Andy Murray’s troublesome 2017
Although Murray nonetheless declined to present particulars of the operation or the damage, he added: “The surgeon felt that my hip shall be feeling higher than it did a yr in the past. Obviously, I used to be nonetheless doing positive a yr in the past. I used to be ranked No 1 in the world a yr in the past.
“Moving ahead, in phrases of my method to my profession, I am definitely not going to be placing in the identical quantity of tournaments and energy to attempt to get to No 1 in the world.
“I’ll certainly be more considered in the amount of tournaments I play, even though I play a conservative schedule anyway in comparison to most of the players on the tour. I’ll be focusing more on trying to win major events and big tournaments rather than trying to achieve certain ranking goals.”
Murray stated he would possibly even be again earlier than the beginning of the grass-court season, although he insisted he wouldn’t be dashing again. “I’m going to take my time to make sure that the rehab is done properly, and make sure that the surgery is as successful as it can be,” he stated.
“I have been quoted occasions for a way lengthy it is taken for gamers to get again from the surgery I’ve had and have been advised it’s as much as 14 weeks. But I’ll take so long as I must take earlier than I get again on the court docket. Most seemingly that shall be across the grass-court season, perhaps barely earlier than.
“I’m not going to put a date on it, or a tournament, because there’s no need for me to do that. I’m not interested in coming back for a specific tournament. I want to come back when I’m fit and ready to play.”
Murray has not performed since limping out of Wimbledon final summer season, although he tried his finest to make the sphere for each the US Open on the finish of the summer season and this month’s tournaments Down Under. “At Wimbledon basically everything was hurting,” he stated. “I had never been in pain like that before.”
He added: “I have been in ache strolling since earlier than Wimbledon. It’s obtained higher, however nonetheless it is extraordinarily tiring mentally when each single time you’re strolling that you’re feeling your hip. From the primary minute that you just get up in the day and begin strolling to once you lie down at evening, it is tiring since you’re sore.
Murray performed an exhibition set in Abu Dhabi which he misplaced in December (Getty)
“I am pleased that I’m going to be out of that ache now and that I’ll be capable to simply consider hopefully coaching and taking part in. Obviously that is one thing I’m going to need to handle very well and really carefully for the remainder of my profession.
“I am conscious of that and I’m definitely going to verify I’m going to try this. I’m simply wanting ahead to not being in ache. I’ve at all times had hip ache and that is one thing numerous athletes cope with.
“There is a distinction between being a little bit bit sore after you play a match and really being in ache when you find yourself operating or when you find yourself strolling. That’s the tiring half. I can cope with my hip being sore after I play a five-set match however coping with the ache in your day-to-day life simply when you find yourself strolling round for 4 or 5 months at a time is totally different. That’s not one thing I needed to proceed with.”
Murray stated he had consulted plenty of hip specialists, who had all advised that he ought to first attempt rehabilitation reasonably than decide instantly for surgery. Having working tirelessly on his restoration programme, he stated the hip damage had not really stopped him from doing something on court docket, however he had nonetheless been in extreme ache at any time when he needed to prolong his hip absolutely.
Although he admitted that he had been nervous going into the operation, he stated that having the surgery was “the right decision to make”. He defined: “The purpose for having it accomplished was to permit me to get again competing and play tennis, as a result of that’s what I need to maintain doing. I’m not completed taking part in tennis but.
“The remainder of my physique feels improbable. I really feel actually, actually good bodily now other than this one subject. The surgery permits me to increase my hip effectively, and I’ll be capable to dash.”
Asked about his potential restoration, Murray stated: “Lots of it’s right down to your dedication and your work ethic and the way effectively you rehab, how a lot you pay attention and do all the right issues. That’s what you’re advised by the surgeons.
“Obviously we’ve got to attend and see how all of that goes and the way I get well. When I begin taking part in once more I received’t have performed a match for 10 or 11 months. That’s a very long time. But additionally in that interval I’ve been practising rather a lot. It’s not like I’ve had surgery after Wimbledon and haven’t hit a ball till now. I used to be practising each day just about by means of to the US Open after which after having three weeks off post-US Open I’ve been hitting balls for the final three or 4 months.
Andy Murray’s hip drawback hindered his motion and finally value him the match (Getty)
“Hopefully I’ll be hitting balls on the court after seven or eight weeks. It’s not like I’m going to not hit a tennis ball for eight months and then practise for two months and then start playing again. I’ve been fairly competitive with top 50 players in the world in Brisbane when I’m struggling to move and I made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon when I literally couldn’t walk and was in so much pain.”
Murray additionally revealed that he had had minor groin surgery earlier than Christmas to cope with ache that he was struggling when serving. He was advised that he might be again on court docket inside just a few days and was in a position to play a apply set in Abu Dhabi on his solution to Brisbane between Christmas and the brand new yr.
“It really helped that particular symptom that I was having,” Murray stated. “So that’s really positive as well as that’s another thing I’ve been dealing with that has gone now.”
Murray stated he would fly dwelling inside per week or two. Although he doesn’t count on to attend the Australian Open, he stated he would possibly go to a gamers’ assembly in Melbourne subsequent weekend.
The Scot stated that one in every of his greatest motivations for having the surgery was the prospect of nonetheless competing on the highest degree at a time when his older daughter, who shall be two subsequent month, is ready to watch him play.
“I spoke to my wife a little bit about it,” he stated. “One of the issues that I wish to do is play till my eldest daughter is ready to watch me and have a small understanding of what it’s I’ve accomplished for my residing. That’s one thing I actually needed to do. That’s one of many issues that is motivated me to maintain taking part in.
“That was one thing I had spoken about earlier than I had the issues with my hip. That can be cool if she will come alongside and watch me hit some balls or apply simply to see what it’s I do. I like watching and seeing numerous the opposite youngsters when they’re on the tour with their dad and mom and get to do a little bit of travelling with them after they’re at an age after they really perceive a little bit bit extra about what it’s that they are doing.
“That was something I had spoken about before I had the problems with my hip. Obviously now I’ve had surgery and stuff, that’s something I’m looking forward to in the future.”