Former world number one and multiple Grand Slam winner Andy Murray has undergone a hip-resurfacing surgery in London on Monday.
Murray, who had earlier announced that 2019 will be his last year in competitive tennis because of a recurring hip issue, posted photographs of the operation. He had earlier been knocked out in round one at the 2019 Australian Open after his retirement announcement and there were rumours he might have played his last match in competitive tennis.
The British player had earlier also said he would like to finish his career at Wimbledon but a lot will now depend on whether he recovers in time from this surgery for that major.
In his Instagram post, Murray said:
“I underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London yesterday 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.”
Murray, who first had an operation on his right hip early last year, featured in 15 matches after making his comeback to tennis in June 2018. However, he revealed in a teary press conference before the Australian Open that this could be his last year on the circuit.
After losing his first round match to Roberto Bautista-Agut, he had to delay his flight by a day because of the pain that he was in following his first round defeat.
Murray was expected to participate in the Marseille Open in February but has now opted out of it.