Murray 'optimistic' he can play this year, says mother Judy
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[April 25, 2019]
(Reuters) - Andy Murray is
"cautiously optimistic" he will be able to play tennis again this
season after successfully undergoing hip surgery, his mother Judy
The three-times Grand Slam champion said at this year's Australian
Open that constant pain in his hip had brought him to the verge of
quitting tennis but revealed last month that he was pain free after
the procedure in January.
Murray posted an Instagram video of himself on an outdoor court
earlier this month, describing the footage of him hitting a tennis
ball for the first time since the surgery as "a start".
He followed that up with a video of himself playing a round of golf
that reinforced the message that he was on the mend.
"It's still early days so we will have to wait and see what happens.
He is cautiously optimistic about getting back on the match court
perhaps at some point over the summer," Judy was quoted as saying by
"He was told not to do impact work, which basically means running
around the garden hitting a ball, for three months but he's been
hitting against a wall from a static position."
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Britain's Andy Murray reacts during the match against Spain's
Roberto Bautista Agut. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Murray hoped to make his comeback at Wimbledon and said in March
that he would consider playing doubles because it would put less
stress on his hip.
The 31-year-old twice Wimbledon champion has compared his situation
to that of American doubles player Bob Bryan, who returned to
competitive tennis 5-1/2 months after undergoing a similar
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, Editing by Simon
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