Hands up if you thought Andy Murray’s career was over…
It’s been an eventful 960 days between winning singles titles for the former world No 1.
In March 2017, the Scot won in Dubai where the ship appeared to be sailing swimmingly. However, things spiralled into a black hole for Murray over the next two-and-a-half-years until the point when his career appeared – to those outside his inner circle, at least – to be all but over.
On Sunday, Murray completed one of sport’s greatest comebacks when he beat Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open in Antwerp. It was only the sixth singles event the 32-year-old has competed in since returning from hip resurfacing operation.
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) October 20, 2019
Murray shed tears during a press conference at the Australian Open in January, when he admitted right hip problems could force him off court for good. There were even goodbye messages from fellow professionals on the stadium TV screen following his first-round exit to Roberto Bautista Agut.
He underwent surgery later that month and the operation, something no singles player had attempted to come back from, has been such a success that he is now competing with – and beating – some of the best players in the world. The pace of his improvement has taken everyone by surprise, not least the man himself.