Can Andy Murray Recover from Hip Surgery? (pic gefun / Pixabay)
Question marks have been circling over former world number one, Andy Murray, ever since last year’s Wimbledon. The Scot was knocked out at the All England Club where he was defending champion, and has not played a competitive match since. He was slated to make his return at the Brisbane International, but withdrew before playing a match. That was soon followed by the announcement that he wouldn’t be competing at the Australian Open. Needless to say, the question on everyone’s lips at this point is, can Andy Murray recover?
The prospect of surgery has been floating around, but it turns out to be no longer just a prospect. The decision to have surgery was apparently made very soon after it became clear Murray wouldn’t play in Melbourne. And it seems to have greatly lightened the mood in the Murray camp. Murray has stated his intent to be playing at the highest level again, but what are the chances of that happening?
I think the chances are pretty good. Here’s why.
Why Can Andy Murray Recover from Surgery?
The first ray of hope for Murray fans is the knowledge that this is not the first time Murray has come back from surgery. The Scot underwent back surgery in 2013, after making history by becoming the first British Wimbledon champion since the 1930s. Needless to say, having struggled so hard to get there in an era with Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, many questioned if Murray could still compete at the top.
Well, not only did he come back, but he went on to become the first person to win back to back Olympic Gold in men’s singles, pick up a second Wimbledon title, and claim the number one ranking in the world. But, I hear you say, that injury was five years ago. Murray is older now, and it’s not as easy to recover from injury when father time is breathing down your neck.
To that end, we need look no further than Andy Murray’s Big Four rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Both players missed much of the last half of 2016 due to injury. With advancing years (in tennis terms) and what had seemed to be a slow decline over the years, many thought the lengthy layoff might spell the end of Federer and Nadal competing at the very top of the game.
If you follow tennis at all, you’ll probably be aware of just how different reality ended up.
Federer and Nadal came back in 2017 and dominated the tour. Splitting the Grand Slam titles between them with two a piece, finishing as number one and two in the world. In Federer’s case you could argue that the Swiss is just special. That few people should look to him for inspiration on what they could do, but they aren’t Roger Federer. And maybe that’s true. The Swiss Maestro is certainly extraordinary. But in the case of Nadal, few players have put their bodies through the kind of brutal torment that Nadal has. If his body can take the kind of punishment he’s been putting it through and still recover from a lengthy layoff, then it’s certainly possible for Murray to do the same.
Can Andy Murray recover from hip surgery? Absolutely.
Murray has said he hopes to be back in action in time for the grass court season later this year. Which is not to say he expects to win his third Wimbledon title this time round, but his determination to be back at the top of the game is definitely good to hear. Especially given that he’d hinted earlier in the week that he’d be happy to still be playing at a top thirty level.
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