Andy Murray defeated Stan Wawrinka in Antwerp less than nine months after having his right hip coated in metal. We look at his injury timeline and comeback.
With three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals to his name, along with his ascension to the top of the rankings, Murray’s appearances have been sporadic over an injury-plagued two years, but now he’s back in the winners’ circle…
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June 9, 2017 – Murray puts shaky form going into the French Open behind him to reach the semi-finals before losing to Stan Wawrinka but begins to feel the flare-up of a long-standing hip issue that had previously been under control.
June 27, 2017 – Murray does not mention his hip problem after losing his first match at Queen’s to Jordan Thompson but is forced to publicly acknowledge it when he pulls out of a scheduled exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club, move cited as precautionary.
July 2, 2017 – After pulling out of a second Hurlingham match, Murray calms fears he may be forced to miss Wimbledon by confirming on the eve of the tournament he will play.
July 12, 2017 – Walking with a noticeable limp, Murray battles his way into the quarter-finals but his title defence ends with a five-set loss to Sam Querrey. Afterwards, Murray insists he does not expect to be away from the tour for too long.
August 26, 2017 – After pulling out of two Masters events and losing his world No 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal, Murray travels to New York intending to return at the US Open. But two days before the tournament he announces at a press conference he is pulling out, saying his hip is too sore to give him a chance of winning the tournament.
September 6, 2017 – Murray heads home for further consultations with a number of hip specialists then announces he is likely to miss the rest of the year but is hoping to avoid surgery.
January 2, 2018 – Murray schedules the Brisbane International for his second attempt at a comeback only to pull out on the eve of his first match. In a heartfelt post on Instagram accompanied by a childhood photo, Murray says: “Ichoose this pic as the little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and compete. I genuinely miss it so much and I would give anything to be back out there.”
Hey everyone.. Just wanted to write a little message on here for anyone interested in what in going through right now. Firstly I want to apologise to @brisbanetennis for withdrawing at late notice and to everyone who wanted to come along to watch me play(or loseðŸ˜‡) The organisers couldn't have been more understanding and supportive and I'll always remember that. Thank you. I've obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists. Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing. Having played practice sets here in Brisbane with some top players unfortunately this hasn't worked yet to get me to the level I would like so I have to reassess my options. Obviously continuing rehab is one option and giving my hip more time to recover. Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as I high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that. However this is something I may have to consider but let's hope not. I choose this pic as the little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and Compete.. I genuinely miss it so much and i would give anything to be back out there. I didn't realise until these last few months just how much I love this game. Everytime I wake up from sleeping or napping i hope that it's better and it's quite demoralising when you get on the court it's not at the level you need it to be to compete at this level. In the short term I'm going to be staying in Australia for the next couple of days to see if my hip settles down a bit and will decide by the weekend whether to stay out here or fly home to assess what I do next. Sorry for the long post but I wanted to keep everyone in the loop and get this off my chest as it's really hurting inside. Hope to see you back on the court soon ðŸŽ¾ðŸ˜¢â¤ï¸
January 8, 2018 – Murray announces he has undergone hip surgery in Melbourne. In an upbeat assessment, he says surgeon John O’Donnell is very happy and he is targeting a return for the grass-court season.
A little post op photo. I'm feeling really positive and looking forward to starting rehab. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and support the last few days.. It really helps. And everyone try and find a partner who looks at you the way @jamie__delgado looks at me ðŸ’ªðŸ’ªðŸ‘ðŸŽ¾
March 28, 2018 – Murray posts his first picture on social media after returning to on-court training at Patrick Mouratoglou’s academy in Nice.
Chasing down another @aidymchugh error today during practice #progress #hip #unforced #youngpup
May 8, 2018 – After Murray does not enter a Challenger tournament in Glasgow that had been earmarked for his return, it emerges he has suffered a setback in his recovery and has been forced to take more time away from the court.
June 5, 2018 – Murray says he is “getting closer” to a return but pulls out of his scheduled first grass event of the season at the Libema Open in Holland.
June 16, 2018 – After two weeks back on court, Murray announces just before the draw he will make his comeback at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club.
June 19, 2018 – A lengthy 342 days since his last competitive outing, Murray finally makes it back on court in the Fever-Tree Championships against Nick Kyrgios. He puts up a good fight but eventually loses his first-round match2-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.
June 25, 2018: Recorded his first win after almost a year out, beating three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka 6-1 6-3 in just 77 minutes at Eastbourne.
July 1, 2018: He withdrew from Wimbledon with a “heavy heart” after saying his right hip was still not ready for the demands of a Grand Slam.
August 3, 2018: Pulled out of his Citi Open quarter-final with Alex de Minaur in Washington, citing fatigue after his third-round win against Marius Copil.
August 29, 2018: Murray’s Grand Slam comeback ended in a four-set defeat by Fernando Verdasco after which he admitted he still had doubts as to whether he would ever recapture his best form.
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I think this is called a photo op. @k1ngkyrg1os @rafaelnadal @keinishikori @tsongaofficiel @brisbanetennis #2019 #tennis
January 2, 2019: His persistent hip issue ended prematurely after a second-round defeat to Daniil Medvedev at the Brisbane International.
January 11, 2019: Murray broke down in tears as he revealed he plans to end his career at Wimbledon.
January 14, 2019: He suffered an epic five-set defeat on what was potentially his Australian Open farewell, falling to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.
January 14, 2019: In his press conference Murray said he wanted “to keep playing tennis” and will consider his options before deciding whether he undergoes further surgery on his hip.
January 29, 2019: Murray confirms he has undergone hip resurfacing surgery and says he hopes that will be the end of his hip pain.
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I underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London yesterday morning…feeling a bit battered and bruised just now but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain ðŸ˜€ I now have a metal hip as you can see in the 2nd photo ðŸ‘‰ðŸ‘‰ and I look like I've got a bit of a gut in photo 1ðŸ˜‚
June 3, 2019: He announces plans to return by competing in doubles at the Queen’s Club tournament. Murray says he is “pain-free for a few months now” and made “good progress” in practice. He calls a doubles appearance with Feliciano Lopez “the next step for me as I try to return to the tour.”
June 20, 2019: The pair enjoy a fairytale week and win the title.
July 6, 2019: Murray plays men’s doubles at Wimbledon with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, with the pair losing in the second round.
July 10, 2019: Murray’s hopes of winning the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon with Serena Williams end with a 6-3 4-6 6-2 defeat against Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar,
August 12, 2019: Loses his singles comeback 6-4 6-4 to Richard Gasquet in the Western & Southern Open first round.
September 24, 2019: Murray wins a tour-level singles match for the first time since January, beating Tennys Sandgren at the Zhuhai Championships in China.