Last January, was a time of pain, but renewed hope for a brighter tennis career as Andy Murray decided to have hip surgery. "I'm not finished playing tennis yet. I'm going to be competing at the highest level again," Andy Murray had said after deciding what to do to erase his pain and provoke him to get back on to playing tennis.
Things have taken an uncertain turn as Murray has now developed pain again, groin ailments and pelvic bruising associated with the hip surgery done a year ago. He was resilient and after the surgery popped back on court at the first round of the Australian Open last year to even endure a 5-set, 4-hour battle with Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.
He was defeated by the Spaniard but had proven that he still had the clout to keep up with the elite despite the result. But it has been discomfort and pain even putting on his socks and walking his dog he has mentioned. There is a great possibility for a second hip operation to remove bone growth of the hip in the hopes to return onto the court and compete again.
Murray talks of his condition saying "At the Davis Cup I was diagnosed with this bone bruise on the pubis, which was mild and obviously not a big deal..." But now it has become a bigger deal bringing with it pain.
He hasn't played since the Davis Cup finals since this past November and had withdrawn from this year's Australian Open and two other ATP events leaving him to ponder on what treatment would be necessary. "..If they can't get to it with an arthroscope, which is obviously the hope, I would then have to be opened up again.
That obviously takes longer to recover," Murray has said with nervousness. The Brit's condition on some instances is more difficult to diagnose and he explains that "..because of the hip and the metal in the hip...the metal on the scan makes it extremely difficult to read them..."
It is despite it all his passion for the sport, naturally still remains. He had won his first singles title since two years ago at the European Open in Antwerp this last October and playing the slams is his main and fierce excitement.
"I want to play in the slams again. That is the thing that I have missed over these last few years. Missing the Australian Open for me this year was rough." The slams may be the 'cherry on the top' for Murray but just being in the games again is the main focus.
Andy Murray is balancing a lot of things at the moment and says that "I should know by the end of next month whether I'm good to play or not with it. That's what I have to wait for." Retirement though is facing him directly and if the prognosis upon treatment isn't good he may be forced to take the former alternative.
All he knows is that he still wants to play and says that "It was easier to deal with the pain knowing that I'm not going to play another match for at least five months or maybe not again."