Andy Murray has hip surgery in Melbourne

Whilst it was believed that Andy Murray was heading back to London the former world number one was actually staying in Melbourne with his team and it was announced this morning the Brit has undergone hip surgery.

Following posts on social media the British number one does seem relaxed, upbeat and positive about the surgery and is looking forward to beginning the rehab to get back on court.

The hip surgery in Melbourne is a surprise but is something that you’d have expected to have been on the back burners for quite some time.

Murray has spoken and said that he does aim to hopefully be ready for the grass court season which would signal Queens as a target with Wimbledon a week after the conclusion at Queens Club. Despite setting this target he has said there is no rush and will not do what he has done in New York and Brisbane and turn up not physically ready.

He also spoke about a revised schedule and is something some of the older players on the tour especially Roger and Serena have adapted to over the last few years and we have started to see the same from Rafa and I wouldn’t be surprised if the others like Novak, Andy and Stan start thinking more about a reduced schedule but still competiting at major tournaments.

Now isn’t the time for speculation or predictions on someone’s future. These ‘experts’ seem to have used their crystal balls to predict the end but these ‘experts’ also said he was done after back surgery…



Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori out of Australian Open

In the last 12 hours Andy Murray and first Kei Nishikori have withdrawn from the opening slam of the year.

There has been expectancy on the Japanese number one for quite some time to withdraw from the tournament having pulled out of Brisbane this week and also travelling to America to train at the IMG academy instead of fly to Melbourne but he did announce last night that he isn’t fit enough to compete in a best of 5 se t match.

Andy Murray put a very emotional message on Instagram the other day after his withdrawal from Brisbane saying all he wants to do is play again and it is sad to see someone who loves the sport unable to play it. Murray has now left Melbourne and is on route back to London where he will consider all options including surgery but there cannot be any guarantees.

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Andy Murray makes quick dash from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane!

After finishing the annual training block in Miami, Andy Murray then flew back to London for Christmas and during this time it was announced his departure to Brisbane will be delayed which then led to speculation whether he was ready to comeback but he was insisted he would.

Out of no where he then jetted off to Mubadala to initially train but with Novak’s withdrawal the former world number one agreed to play against Roberto-Bautista Agut which the Brit lost 6-2 but positives were taken from the match.

I’ve watched the set of tennis back between the two and Murray did play some good shots. The serve was strong but is something which players will test more of in a more competitive atmosphere. The backhand and the sliced backhand were solid from the baseline as well as the inside-out central forehand but part of his game which the Spaniard attacked was the forehand corner and we saw Murray a little tentative going to that stretch shot and as we can see below utilised the slice to stop his body from over stretching an ended up hitting an error.

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I wouldn’t say at all read too much into this at all. If Murray wasn’t comfortable on the movement at the back of the court and especially towards the forehand with speed I don’t think he would (within 24 hours) travel to Brisbane. If he wasn’t comfortable and felt pain in Abu Dhabi he wouldn’t travel and would go to Melbourne to try and be ready.


Comebacks Delayed! – ATP stars opening schedules have changed

The year of the comeback will just take a few more weeks to get in full swing. Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic have all delayed their comebacks.

Andy Murray was due to fly out to Australia a few days ago but preparations in Miami ended on the 14th of December with Andy and his team returning to London most likely to see in Christmas and New Year with his family adding question marks over potential participation in Brisbane.

Rafael Nadal was due to play in Abu Dhabi over the next week but I fully expected him to pull out and he has missed training sessions lately with his knees still bothering him.

Wawrinka and Raonic were also due to play in Abu Dhabi over the New Year but have pulled out of the tournament but are expected to play a lead up event ahead of travelling to Melbourne.

Kei Nishikori is another player missing as he has announced he will not play in Brisbane next year which leaves question marks over his participation in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic however is due to still play in Abu Dhabi.



Andy Murray calls time on year but sets his sights on Brisbane and Melbourne!

Andy Murray has announced he will miss the remainder of the season as expected. The former world number one has been suffering with this hip injury since the semi-final of Roland Garros about 3 months ago.

Murray took time off after Wimbledon and was hoping to return in Toronto but then withdrew from the tournament and Cincinnati the week after and after arriving and practicing at Flushing Meadows took the tough decision to withdraw and has now called time on his season.

Murray has been to see plenty of experts regarding his hip and taking the rest of the year off is the right decision as much as we want to see him play seeing him play healthy is priority.

Murray has announced that the plan is to be fit for Brisbane at the beginning of next year. The expectancy is that Andy will see specialists and is expecting to go through usual pre-season training in Miami where he was joined by Kyle Edmund last year but could travel to Australia earlier than usual.

Murray has confirmed that he will still take part in the charity match against Roger Federer later this year in Glasgow.



Andy Murray the latest to withdraw from US Open

Andy Murray has become the latest high profile name to withdraw from the US Open. Andy has been suffering from a hip injury since his match against Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros and still hasn’t recovered despite rest and seeing a number of specialist.

Just over a week ago it was confirmed by Jamie Delgado on Twitter that Team Murray were on their way to Flushing Meadows and have been training at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center but Murray said the hip is sore and isn’t good enough for him to win the competition which is the main goal.

Andy joins Novak, Stan, Milos and Kei as having withdrawn from the final major of the year.

It is unknown as yet what Murray’s plan for the rest of 2017 is but I’d be surprised if he does play again this year.

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Five years on from that night in New York…

A phrase I will never forget, ”history is made at the US Open” those words at that time Novak Djokovic hit that forehand long is a moment I will never forget.

Mark Petchey a former coach of Andy Murray said those words and he went onto say how he fought and sacrificed for this moment the first male grand slam winner for 76 years. History.

The pressure was incredible on him and going two sets up relieves pressure for a while but then in a 5th set it’s more intense than anyone could imagine whether you were aiming for your first or fourteenth title the pressure is there.

The raw emotion of that match probably has to go down as one of the best moments in British sporting history and of course two years later wins Wimbledon.

2017 celebrates 5 years of that night in New York under the lights which propelled him to so much more and who knows what will happen next?