Former world No 1 Andy Murray has vowed to return and "compete at the highest level" after undergoing hip surgery in Melbourne on Monday. However, on Monday he released a statement to reveal that surgery has been undertaken and was successful. He added that he's not finished playing yet and will be back competing at a high level.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray announced that he had hip surgery on Monday in Australia, further delaying his comeback from an injury that has sidelined him since previous year.
"I'm very optimistic because, having spoken to the surgeon, he was very happy about how it went".
A return in time for the grass-court season, which includes Queen's - a tournament he has won five times, would enable him to target a third Wimbledon title but would come after nearly a year's absence on the tennis scene.
The three-time Grand Slam champion, who dislodged Novak Djokovic from the top of the rankings towards the end of 2016, has slipped to 19th in the world due to his lengthy lay-off. "I've been quoted [many] 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".
"I want to know when I come back that I'm ready", he said.
"I would then say he has another six months and that is probably on the positive side of him getting enough matches under his belt and being able to really put himself in the later stages of the big events".
Murray last featured at Wimbledon in July after his quarter-final loss to Sam Querrey and chose to take the rest of the year off to recover from an injury to his right hip. "Obviously, I was still doing fine a year ago - I was ranked No 1 in the world".
"I'm certainly not going to be putting in the same amount of tournaments and effort to try to get to number one in the world".
"Moving forward I'll certainly 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".
"That is the most encouraging part - that he is desperate to get back into action and if he believes he can do it then I don't think any of us should have a doubt". I feel really, really good physically apart from this one issue.
"I went in at 7:30 a.m. [Melbourne time] and I woke up from the operation about 10:30 a.m.", Murray said, according to the Guardian.