Andy Murray makes triumphant return to tennis after hip surgery
The last time Andy Murray won a singles title was in Dubai in February 2017. Just six months ago, Murray was tearfully announcing his impending retirement from the sport following "unbearable pain". After an unsuccessful surgery to correct a hip injury in January 2018, British champion Andy Murray had said that his Australian Open 2019 match may be his last.
Since then however, Murray has undergone another hip resurfacing surgery, he now has a metal hip, and is back on court winning doubles at the Queen's finals.
At his post match conference he said: "This is very different for me and it's more special than a lot of the singles tournaments that I have won for a lot of different reasons."
"It's a cool thing to be able to have done, because of where I was a few months ago. Even as far as just two months ago, I just wasn't thinking about this. It was not something that I was driven to get back to, playing here. I was just really, really happy just to be pain-free and enjoying life, literally just doing normal things. So it's really special," the three-time Grand Slam champion said.
“A few months ago I had no clue whether I'd be back playing on a court. And to feel as well as I did out there - not perfect, but pain-free - I mean, yeah, I enjoyed it... I feel optimistic about the future.” - @andy_murray pic.twitter.com/FWAnEvynu1— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) June 20, 2019
When you go to check on your parents blood pressure after yesterday’s stress/excitement.....and your mother is out.
Me: where’s mum?
Dad : She’s down the High Street. Doing laps.
Him: you know she likes to speak to everybody after a win. #proudgranny@QueensTennis pic.twitter.com/KZSWYVvzQX— judy murray (@JudyMurray) June 24, 2019
Even the Tennis greats came out in support of Murray.
According to the BBC, this is an impressive feat as he has come back and won a doubles title after a hip resurfacing operation - from which no-one has ever returned to play singles. So will he do the imossible and be back to play in a singles tournament?
It seems like he could be looking at a US Open return.
"Or maybe I will take a month or six weeks off after Wimbledon to get myself ready for singles. Then I might be able to play singles close to the US Open.
"But getting to the US Open this year and being competitive isn't the target."