When Will Andy Murray Return After Undergoing Hip Surgery?

Andy Murray is aiming to return to tennis in time for the grass-court season after undergoing hip surgery on Monday (January 8).

The British number one, and former world number one, had the surgery in Melbourne having been out injured ever since he was eliminated from Wimbledon in July at the quarterfinal stage.

Murray posted a sombre message to his Instagram page last week saying he had been going through a "really difficult period" and that he hoped surgery would not be needed. But the 30-year-old came out of the operation in higher spirits.

"I'm not finished playing tennis yet. I'm going to be competing at the highest level again," he said, as quoted by the BBC. "I'm very optimistic about the future—the surgeon is very happy about how it went."

The three-time Grand Slam champion has said he will not aim for a "specific tournament" but hopes to be hitting balls on court again in around seven or eight weeks. He has been told that a recovery of this kind takes around 14 weeks.

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Andy Murray at the Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia, December 31, 2017. Murray underwent surgery on his hip in Melbourne. PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty

"My plan is to be back playing around the grass-court season—potentially before then—but I'm certainly not going to rush anything," he said. "I want to know when I come back that I'm ready."

Murray's hip has caused him pain throughout his career, and he had complained of suffering during the French Open in June.

He pulled out of the Brisbane Open last week after testing the hip against other players, and will certainly not be involved at the Australian Open later this month, the first Grand Slam of the year.

Murray signalled that he planned to be playing for many more years as he wants his eldest daughter Sophia, who was born in February last year, to watch him compete. He wants her to have a "small understanding of what it is I've done for my living."