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Andy Murray: British tennis star is ‘pain-free’ after hip surgery

He wants to continue playing but is not sure yet if it’s possible

Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray has given a positive update on his injury troubles by revealing he is now “pain-free” after his hip operation.

The 31-year-old went under the knife in January to have hip resurfacing surgery. 

The former world No.1 announced that he was planning to retire from tennis after Wimbledon this summer. But he also admitted that the pain and struggles with his chronic hip injury meant that the Australian Open in January could have been his final tournament.

However, speaking to the BBC’s Dan Roan, Murray said: “The rehab is slow but going well. I want to continue playing, I said that in Australia. The issue is I don’t know whether it’s possible.

“The operation went well. I’m feeling good and walking around pain free - which hasn’t been the case for pretty much 18 months, two years.

“That was the main reason for having it done. I’m happy with how that’s going and day to day things I’m doing are more enjoyable now.”

A two-time Wimbledon champion, Murray said he is under no pressure to return to the court. “I have to wait and see,” he added. “I’m not allowed to start doing any high-impact movement for the first four months after the surgery and it is only then when I can see if I can compete at any level.

“Whether that is playing top ten, that is unlikely, but getting to the top 50, top 100, might be possible. I don’t feel any pressure to come back, I don’t feel pressure to play. If it allows me to play that’s brilliant.”

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