Andy Murray has hip surgery to fix injury problems
Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray has undergone hip surgery and is determined to return to action in time for this year’s Wimbledon tournament.
The 30-year-old Briton posted an update on Facebook on Monday (January 8) giving notice of the operation to solve his injury problems.
Murray has not played a competitive match for six months. He withdrew first from the Brisbane International and then last week withdrew from the Australian Open.
“Today I underwent successful right hip surgery at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne,” Murray said.
“I’d like to thank Dr John O’Donnell and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive tennis during the grasscourt season,” he added.
“Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and support over the last few days, I’ll come back from this.”
Murray, who ended 2016 as world number one, has slipped down to 19th in the rankings.
His problems became evident at Wimbledon last year when he appeared to be limping while being beaten by American Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals of the grasscourt tournament.
The 30-year-old Briton attempted to return at the US Open in August but was forced to withdraw two days before the start of the tournament.
Murray made a brief return after months away with a one set exhibition match in Abu Dhabi on December 29 last year but lost to Roberto Bautista Agut, and appeared to be limping again when moving around the court.