The Tennis world was expecting for Andy Murray to make his long awaited return to action. But the former World number 1 seems to be in big trouble.
Sir Andy Murray enjoyed an ecstatic 2016, when he finally reached the summit of ATP. But then followed a 2017 plagued with fitness issues and hard injuries. A disappointing year, in which he fell to much lower ranked opponents.
His movement is one of his greatest qualities and that was hampered with his recurring hip injury.
The Briton wasn’t involved in an official ATP tournament since retiring in the last moment from last year’s US Open.
The Wimbledon champion chose not to have a surgery and looking at the most recent facts, could’ve been a mistake.
Andy had an exhibition match with Roger Federer, in which he showed hope. But we could easily see that his movement is much slower than his normal one and his serve just a shadow of the past. The Swiss asked him not to be in a hurry to return to the tour until he is fully recovered.
Then Murray had an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi with Roberto Bautista Agut, replacing the injured Novak Djokovic. The Scot looked very rusty and unable to move freely or to find solutions, losing 2-6.
The former number 1 headed to Brisbane, just to retire again in the last moment, saying that he cannot be competitive in the physical shape that he is finding himself. He admitted that he might undergo surgery.
Sir Andy might have degenerative arthritis and the only solution could be a hip replacement.
This could be the end for UK’s number 1. If you can’t swing at the ball, then that’s it. Even if he would have a successful surgery, I unfortunately doubt that he could ever return to his stellar form.