Andy Murray vows to get fit so daughter can see him play

Andy Murray vows to get fit so daughter can see him play

Britain's Andy Murray has had hip surgery in Australia and is hoping to return to competitive tennis for the 2018 grass-court season.

Murray, 30, has not played competitively since being knocked out of the Wimbledon quarter-finals previous year.

Sidelined since July, the former world No 1 hopes to return for the British grass court season - crowned by Wimbledon - in June. Thanks to everyone for all the well wish and support over the last few days.

"I'm very optimistic about the future - the surgeon is very happy about how it went".

Murray is now back in the United Kingdom and before leaving Australia stated that he would be considering all the options to try and find a solution to an issue that has kept him out of tennis since the Wimbledon quarter final in July.

He plans to be hitting balls by the start of March with a possible return to competition after May's French Open. "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".

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That lines up with a period around Wimbledon again, but Murray won't rush anything. "I was still doing fine a year ago, ranked No. 1 in the world". He had pulled out of the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year, through injury.

After undergoing the operation, Murray's outlook was a lot more hopeful, although he will now focus his attentions on winning big tournaments rather than concentrate on gaining ranking points.

"I've been fairly competitive with top-50 players in the world in Brisbane when I'm struggling to move, and I made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon when I literally couldn't walk and was in so much pain".

Former world number one Boris Becker believes a "100 percent comeback" is possible for Murray, although the German says he might be regretting leaving the surgery so long.

While he faces the possibility of nearly a year out in total, Murray says if he can return to 95 percent of his best he can still compete for the game's biggest prizes.

"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", he said, according to The Independent. "I'm just looking forward to not being in pain".