Murray eyes return to singles action in 2019

This past January, Murray tearfully announced that he would be walking away from tennis due to persistent right hip issues (mainly, damaged hip cartilage) that had plagued him since 2017. In March, Murray underwent successful hip resurfacing surgery and said he was feeling better than he has in years.

At the time, Murray was unsure if he would play tennis again, but now, four months after undergoing the surgery, Murray is set to make his return to the professional circuit with doubles appearances in the Fever-Tree Championships (June 17-23, grass court) at Queen’s Club, alongside Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. If all goes well, Murray is also planning to play doubles at Wimbledon early next month. The last Grand Slam of the 2019 season is the US Open, set to take place Aug. 26 through Sept. 8. 

No player has ever resumed a singles career after the hip operation Murray underwent, although American doubles player Bob Bryan returned five months after the surgery in 2018. Bryan actually recommended Murray undergo the procedure, not because it would guarantee a comeback, but because it would improve his quality of life.

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Murray recently said that the surgery has helped him do everyday things, like playing golf and walking his dogs.

Murray, 32, missed the first six months and last three months of 2018 because of the hip injury. He has not played since his defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets at the 2019 Australian Open. Bautista Agut held off an incredible comeback from Murray and won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2 in a match that lasted more than four hours.

On the singles circuit, Murray has won Wimbledon twice (2013, 2016), and the US Open once (2012). When Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets for the 2013 Wimbledon title, he became the first British man to win the singles title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. Despite playing in the same era as all-time tennis greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, Murray kept up with tennis’ big three, finishing as a runner-up in five Australian Opens (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016) and once in the French Open (2016).

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