Murray undergoes hip surgery

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Andy Murray hopes to be back playing in time for Wimbledon after undergoing surgery on his right hip in Melbourne.
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Britain's Andy Murray, a three-time major winner, has not played a competitive match since a quarterfinal exit at Wimbledon last July. 

Andy Murray announced yesterday he had hip surgery in Australia and was hoping to return to competitive tennis in time for the grasscourt season midway through the year.

The 30-year-old Scot has not played competitively since Wimbledon last year and last week withdrew from this month’s Australian Open.

“Today I underwent successful right hip surgery at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne,” the former world No. 1 said on his Facebook page. 

“I’d like to thank Dr John O’Donnell and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive tennis during the grasscourt season. Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and support over the last few days. I’ll come back from this.”

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.

A host of top names are battling to be fit for the first grand slam of the year, which starts in Melbourne on January 15.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori has already pulled out and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic remain huge doubts having yet to play a competitive match this year.


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