Published: Thu, January 31, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Andy Murray has further hip surgery

Andy Murray has further hip surgery

The two-time Wimbledon victor shared a picture of his x-ray after he went under the knife for hip surgery in a bid to prolong his tennis career and improve his quality of life.

His keen-eyed followers noticed something else in the second photo. However, having the surgery means he might not be fit to play at Wimbledon this summer, where he had planned to say goodbye to the sport.

There are no guarantees that the operation will allow Murray to play top-flight tennis again but it should enable him to live a pain-free life off the court.

On Tuesday, the 31-year-old Scot, who was knocked out in the first round in Melbourne, posted on social media a picture of his new metal hip without further details about his future.

"Feeling battered and bruised just now but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain".

The question now is whether or not the operation will truly give Murray a chance of coming back to professional tennis.

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Murray, a former world number one, has struggled to regain form since undergoing hip surgery previous year and was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open earlier this month, having said the tournament could be his last as a professional.

After defeat in the Australian Open, Murray made a decision to withdraw from the ATP events in Marseille and Montpeiller which take place next month.

But Murray will face challenges that are different that those Bryan overcame.

While Murray did not have a complete hip replacement on Monday, the "Birmingham hip" procedure involves putting a metal cap on top of the femur and cementing a metal socket in the hip joint in the hopes of preventing the two bones from grinding against each other.

The former world No. 1 announced he was on the verge of retirement before the start of January's Australian Open, saying the pain in his right hip has not subsided despite an operation a year earlier.

Murray is coming off a memorable performance at the Australian Open.

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