Andy Murray announced hip surgery in Australia, eyes grasscourt season

Vastavam web: Andy Murray announced he had hip surgery in Australia today and is hoping to return to competitive tennis in time for the grasscourt season midway through the year.The 30-year-old Scot has not played competitively since being knocked out of the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year and last week withdrew from this month’s Australian Open.”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 grasscourt season. Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and support over the last few days. I’ll come back from this.”

The three-time Grand Slam champion, who dislodged Novak Djokovic from the top of the rankings towards the end of 2016, has slipped to 19th in the world due to his lengthy lay-off.Murray is a two-time Wimbledon winner and has been champion at Queen’s in London on five occasions, both of which are played on grass courts.”My plan is to be back playing around the grass-court season — potentially before then — but I’m certainly not going to rush anything,” he said. “I want to know when I come back that I’m ready.”

“The surgeon felt that my hip will be feeling better than it did a year ago,” Murray added. “Obviously, I was still doing fine a year ago — I was ranked number one in the world.”I’m certainly not going to be putting in the same amount of tournaments and effort to try to get to number one in the world. I’ll 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.”