Andy Murray has outlined potential paths for his return to tennis.
The Brit returned to action last summer following hip resurfacing surgery, he teamed up with Feliciano Lopez in doubles at Queens Club and they won the title together. Andy continued to impress on return winning a title in Antwerp but hasn’t featured since the Davis Cup Finals.
Murray missed his training block in Miami with a groin injury which he picked up at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid and it has hampered him since.
The Brit has been on the practice court but has also found out that the discomfort he was continue to experience in the groin area was by a bone growing in the soft tissue of the metal hip.
This is where the options come into play.
No matter what happens the plan is to continue to practice to test his hip out and to see how the discomfort is. Andy has said:
What I need to do just now is build up in these next couple of weeks to really test it. I will really test the hip out. Hopefully it responds fine.
“I should know by the end of next month whether I’m good to play or not with it. But I think I am now at a point where we’re pretty sure as to what is going on.”
Depending on how this goes there are two plans in place for Andy.
He either plays in Miami which begins on Monday 23rd of March. This decision will not be made until very close to the time and is dependent on how training goes and if his body gets used to it.
Murray has also outlined his intentions if this is the case and he can continue playing without more surgical intervention to play on the clay courts this year:
“There’s no reason not to, because I don’t have an injury as such. It’s just whether that settles with time and the body gets used to it, and whether you are able to manage it when playing.
“I would [then] play on clay, for sure. If physically I am fine and this responds well to the training again, there is no reason for me not to. In many ways, the clay should actually be better for a metal joint because it is softer impact-wise.
The other option is based on if this current training period doesn’t go to plan which is then surgery.
Surgery would then rule Murray out for some time, it would then restart the recovery and rehab period once again and if surgery were to take place it would rule him out of Wimbledon and the Olympics.
Murray hopes to be playing in the next few weeks but admits because of what has gone on in this recovery process he has “become quite pessimistic” about time frames.