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Murray begins recovery after hip operation

British No. 1 Andy Murray has undergone surgery on his hip

Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has insisted his career is not over after undergoing surgery in Australia on his problematic hip.

The 30-year-old opted for the operation after being forced to withdraw from last week’s Brisbane Open and the upcoming Australian Open.

The British No. 1 has not played competitively since being knocked out of Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage last July.

He insisted he will not rush his recovery but declared himself confident of his prospects of returning to top-level action.

“The reason for having it done was to allow me to get back competing and play tennis because that’s what I want to keep doing,” he said.

“I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m very optimistic. If I can get myself to 95 per cent of my best I believe that’s enough to compete at the highest level.

“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’m going to take as long as I need to take before I get back on the court. Most likely that will be around the grass-court season, maybe slightly before.

“I’m not going to put a date on it, or a tournament, because there’s no need for me to do that. I’m not interested in coming back for a specific tournament.

“I want to come back when I’m fit and ready to play.”

Revealing he plans to cut back on his tournament schedule, Murray added: “The surgeon felt that my hip will be feeling better than it did a year ago. Obviously, I was still doing fine a year ago. I was ranked No. 1 in the world a year ago.

“Moving forward, in terms of my approach to my career, I’m certainly not going to be putting in the same amount of tournaments and effort to try to get to No. 1 in the world.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray: motivated to get back on court

“I’ll certainly be more considered in the amount of tournaments I play, even though I play a conservative schedule anyway in comparison to most of the players on the tour. I’ll be focusing more on trying to win major events and big tournaments rather than trying to achieve certain ranking goals.”

The French Open in May may come round too quickly for the Scot, though the Queens Club Championship which begins on June 18 ahead of Wimbledon on 2 July may be a more realistic target.

Motivation for having the surgery came in the form of Murray’s daughter who will be two in February.

He explained: “One of the things that I would like to do is play until my eldest daughter is able to watch me and have a small understanding of what it is I’ve done for my living.

“That’s something I really wanted to do. That’s one of the things that’s motivated me to keep playing.

“That was something I had spoken about before I had the problems with my hip. That would be cool if she can come along and watch me hit some balls or practice just to see what it is I do.”

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