Andy Murray has has more than his fair share of bad luck in the last few years and says that recovering from injury yet again is not what he expected.
Murray was at the peak of his tennis career when he was forced to undergo major hip surgery in 2018.
Ranked world number one in 2016/17, Murray had become a two time Wimbledon champion and US Open Champion and was considered to be in the ‘big four’ alongside Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
However the hip injury meant he had to undergo major surgery, effectively leaving him with a metal hip which many thought would end his career.
Determined to prove the doubters wrong, he came back to win the doubles title at Queens and a singles title at the European Open in Antwerp at the end of 2019 before the 2020 season was disrupted due to the COVID pandemic.
He started 2021 ready to make his big comeback to Grand Slam tennis, but his hopes were shattered when a positive COVID test meant he had to withdraw from the Australian Open just days before the start.
And he had the same luck again just before Miami Masters, when he had to withdraw the day before due to a groin injury.
Now, Murray has spoken about his recovery and how, despite, all of the obstacles, he still wants to play.
“Once I had the metal hip I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Murray told the Evening Standard.
“There’s just — at times, I didn’t expect it to be quite like this.”
“It’s either do it or stop playing, and I still want to keep playing,” Murray went on to say. I just don’t enjoy it as much as maybe I did a few years ago.”
Murray has been entered into the qualifying rounds of Roland Garros which begins at the end of May but there is a still a chance he may receive a wildcard.
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