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Andy Murray's mother believes he can play tennis again after hip resurfacing surgery

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 22 Feb 2019
  • Judy Murray thinks her son will return to competitive tennis again
  • However, she also knows there's a chance he may be forced to remain sidelined
Andy Murray (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Judy Murray believes her son Andy has a chance of playing professional tennis again, but also acknowledges that he realises it also “might not be possible”.

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The former World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion decided to undergo hip resurfacing surgery two weeks after his five-set opening round loss to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open in one final attempt to save his career.

Andy had previously undergone hip surgery in Melbourne 12 months prior at the start of 2018, but that procedure failed to eliminate the pain he was carrying, making it impossible for him to train and compete at the highest level. Andy’s surgery earlier this month involved removing damaged bone and cartilage from his right hip socket and replacing it with a metal shell.


He is currently on crutches and won’t know for some time if he will be able to return at Wimbledon, like he initially planned during the Australian Open, or at all.

Speaking from Rio de Janeiro, where she was invited to the ATP 500 tournament being staged there this week, Judy Murray re-iterated that her son’s potential return remains up in the air.

"I think he will, (but) I think he's aware that it might not be possible," Judy said. "He is a smart guy, he has a lot of interest in different things, he has a lot of options in life after tennis.
"But the most important thing is that he's free from the pain he's had for 20 months. He has a young family, you have to think about the quality of life for the rest of your life. Actually, that's the most important thing."

Judy also mentioned Bob Bryan, the American doubles player who underwent a similar hip resurfacing surgery last year and is back playing at an elite level again this year.

"I think he had the same operation as Bob Bryan after the U.S. Open, and he was playing doubles again, at Australian Open,” she said. “But doubles is a very different physical proposition as singles. I think, right now, (we have to) wait and see."


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