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By Chris Oddo | Monday January 8, 2018

Andy Murray

After six months of rehab, Andy Murray changed course and elected to have hip surgery in Melbourne on Tuesday.

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Andy Murray underwent successful hip surgery in Melbourne Tuesday morning and hopes to make a speedy recovery that will allow him to return to competition in time for the grass court season.

The 30-year-old tried to rehab his injury without invasive surgery but when he realized he was not nearly fit enough to compete in Australia after skipping the last half of the 2017 tennis season, he knew he had to take more drastic means.

The surgery was performed by Dr. John O’Donnell.

“My plan is to be back playing around the grasscourt season – potentially before then,” Murray told reporters, according to the UK Guardian. “I’m going to take my time to make sure that the rehab is done properly, and make sure that the surgery is as successful as it can be. I’ve been quoted times for how long it’s taken for players to get back from the surgery I’ve had, and up to 14 weeks is what I’ve been given.”

Murray also added that he’d have to carefully manage his hip for the rest of his career, and that he could no longer play frivolously, overtaxing his body in order to chase a higher ranking.

“I’ll be playing a reduced schedule, and then focusing more on trying to win major events and big tournaments rather than trying to achieve certain ranking goals,” he said.

Murray says he plans to fly back to the UK in two week’s time.


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