Andy Murray isn't planning to retire from tennis anytime soon. The former world no. 1, who recently underwent a right hip injury, plans to keep his career going for a few more years. Interviewed by British Media via phone from Melbourne, Murray said that his daughter Sophia, who will turn two next month, could be an additional motivation to play for a long time.
'I have spoken to my wife a little bit about it,' said Murray. 'One of the things that I would like to do is play until my eldest daughter is able to watch me and have a small understanding of what it is I've done for my living.
That's one of the things that's motivated me to keep playing. That would be cool if she can come along and watch me hit some balls or practice just to see what it is I do. I like seeing a lot of the other (players') kids when they are on the tour with their parents, who get to do a bit of travelling with them when they're at an age when they actually understand a little bit more about what it is that they're doing.' Speaking about when he will compete again, Murray added: 'My plan is to be back playing around the grass court season – potentially before then, but I'm certainly not going to rush anything.
I've been quoted times for how long it's taken for players to get back from the surgery I've had, and I've been given up to 14 weeks. Most likely that will be around the grass court season, maybe slightly before.
I'm not going to put a date on it, because there's no need for me to do that. I want to come back when I'm fit and ready to play, not to get into a situation like in Brisbane or New York (last year's US Open), where I'm unsure when I turn up at a tournament how fit I am.
I want to know when I come back that I'm ready.' Murray also had a minor groin surgery on December 18th, 2017. ALSO READ: Nadal to play Tie Break Tens ahead of Australian Open