Scotland’s Andy Murray has confirmed he has undergone ‘hip resurfacing surgery’ as he tries to prolong his career and lead a better quality of life.
The two-time Wimbledon champion broke down at the Australian Open this month after confirming his career will end at Wimbledon in July this year.
Murray has struggled to recover from hip surgery in the past and he revealed in an emotional press conference that the tournament in Melbourne may be his last.
Fellow pros urged Murray to go under the knife in an attempt to salvage his career but the 31-year-old admits he was happy to take the risk to ensure “a better quality of life”.
Murray wrote on Instagram: “I underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London yesterday [Monday] morning.
“Feeling a bit battered and bruised just now but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain. “I now have a metal hip as you can see in the 2nd photo and I look like I’ve got a bit of a gut in photo 1.”
The three-time Grand Slam champion suffered a five-set defeat in round one in Melbourne against Roberto Bautista Agut. He was unable to bounce back and fans will now be waiting nervously to see if he can return to the court.
Murray returned to the tour at Queen’s last June but pulled out of Wimbledon and has played 15 matches since his comeback.
He is 34.00 to win Wimbledon this summer, while world number one Novak Djokovic is the 2.40 favourite.