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Andy Murray has revealed that following his hip resurfacing five weeks ago he is pain free and reiterated his desire to return to playing tennis, following thoughts of retirement earlier in the year.
Back in January Andy Murray admitted the problem he'd had with his hip, and the surgery he'd gone through, was potentially going to lead to his retirement. He was going to play in the Australian Open and then maybe at Wimbledon and then call it a day.
Having fallen way down the rankings through injury the two time Wimbledon winner was unlucky to get 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round and quickly found himself two sets down.
Murray showed all the battling skills that have come to define his career to win the next two sets and take it to a decider but the Spaniard won the fifth to go through to the next round, eventually losing in the quarter finals.
The Australian Open then awkwardly played a video for Murry of his peers talking about his brilliant career as the former world number one said in his interview that he'd like to carry on and make it back to Melbourne in the future.
Since then Murray has had more surgery on his hip, undergoing a hip resurfacing just five weeks ago. Speaking at Wimbledon today the 31 year old revealed he was already pain free, saying:
"I want to continue playing. I said that in Australia. The issue is I don't know whether it is going to be possible.
"I'm a lot happier now than I was over the last 12 months since I had the operation. I have no pain in my hip any more and I was in a lot of pain for a long time. The rehab has been slow but it's been going pretty well. I just need to wait and see how things progress. If it's possible, I'd certainly love to compete again."
Speaking to BBC Sport about his future plans Murray added, "I have to wait and see. I'm not allowed to start doing any high-impact movement for the first four months after the surgery and it is only then when I can see if I can compete at any level
"Whether that is competing in the top 10 in the world, that is probably unlikely, but could I get to top 50, top 100 level? That may be possible.
"I don't feel any pressure to come back and play. I don't feel like I have to get back to playing Wimbledon or playing tennis again."
It seems unlikely that Murray will be back in time for Wimbledon this summer but it is much more positive now than it was for him before the Australian Open.
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