Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has announced he has undergone a “successful” right hip surgery in Melbourne.
The Scot has been sidelined with hip problems since Wimbledon last July.
Murray flew from Abu Dhabi — where he was practicing and played an exhibition set at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship — to Brisbane 10 days ago with the intention to start his 2018 season there but pulled out of the tournament. He then announced he would be missing the Australian Open before revealing he had surgery on Monday.
“Today I underwent successful right hip surgery at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne,” Murray said in a post on his Facebook page.
“I’d like to thank Dr John O’Donnell and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive tennis during the grass court season. Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and support over the last few days. I’ll comeback from this.”
Murray had revealed the extent of his struggle with hip injury in an emotional Instagram post last week.
“The little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and Compete,” he said in that post on his social media. “I genuinely miss it so much and I would give anything to be back out there.
“I wanted to keep everyone in the loop and get this off my chest as it’s really hurting inside.”
Nick Kyrgios received a welcome confidence boost ahead of the Australian Open by clinching the Brisbane International title on Sunday and admits he was encouraged by how he performed under pressure throughout the week.
The 22-year-old overcame an early assault from Ryan Harrison before he stormed to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the American, and lifted his first tour-level trophy on home soil.
"I guess just the way that I put myself in some pretty tough situations. You know, came back from a set down three times and, you know, against three pretty good opponents," said Kyrgios when asked what he was most pleased about this week in Brisbane.
"And for me, that's just confidence not only mentally but physically as well, and battling and fighting hard. And it's good to see the work I was doing in the offseason is paying off. But pretty happy with my performance today."
Kyrgios claimed his fourth career title with a 73-minute success over Harrison, who couldn't convert any of the five break point opportunities he created in the opening set.
Kyrgios to umpire: "So this is in the rulebook right now? That he can just leave the court for like 10 minutes"
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) January 7, 2018
That winning feeling! #TeamKyrgios ❤️🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/eoXDeaIoIF
— John Morris (@JohnMorris1982) January 7, 2018
Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have both had their first practice sessions at Melbourne Park ahead of next week's Australian Open as they look to make their first competitive appearances since Wimbledon last July.
Djokovic, who has been dealing with an elbow injury, and Wawrinka, who had double knee surgery last August, will test themselves in a Tie Break Tens exhibition event on Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday January 10.