A former world no. 1 and the three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray enjoyed a stellar run in the second half of 2016, winning 78 matches and nine titles overall to melt an enormous gap he had over Novak Djokovic after Roland Garros and finish the season at the top.
That would cost him a lot already in the first half of 2017, starting to struggle with a severe hip injury (he had some solid results in Dubai and Roland Garros) and deciding to quit the season after Wimbledon to recover for 2018.
As it turned out, the injury was much more serious than he thought and Andy finally underwent surgery in January last year after being forced to skip Brisbane. Returning at Queen's and Eastbourne in June, Murray was still unable to play pain-free, missing Wimbledon for the first time since 2007 and hoping for a better run in 2019, eager to make a comeback and extend his career.
At the Australian Open, Andy received sympathies from the entire tennis world after a heroic battle with Roberto Bautista Agut that the Spaniard won in four hours and nine minutes. In a post-match press conference, Murray couldn't hold the tears, speaking about the possible end of his tennis journey since the pain was just too intense, not only on the court but in regular life as well.
Determined to give one more push, Andy underwent another hip surgery at the end of January, having a metal cap placed at the top of his femur that finally put the pain away (so-called “Birmingham hip”). After a quiet month of February, Andy appeared at the Queen's Club on Wednesday morning, promoting a new clothing deal with Castore and announcing a potential comeback this summer if everything goes well with his preparations.
At the moment, it is hard to expect him at Queen's and Wimbledon where the organizers have saved invitations for him although we might see him in action later during the summer in North America. “I want to continue playing,” Murray said.
“I said that in Australia. The issue is I don't know whether it is going to be possible. I'm a lot happier now than I was over the last 12 months since I had the operation. I have no pain in my hip anymore and I was in a lot of pain for a long time.
The rehab has been slow, but it's been going pretty well. I need to wait and see how things progress. If it's possible, I'd certainly love to compete again. I want to see what it is I want to do when I finish playing.
I have other interests as well. If I wanted to go into coaching, commentary, all these sorts of things, I need to decide that more when I finish playing. This is something that, when it was initially discussed, it was quite exciting for me. I certainly would not rule out doing more of it in the future”.