Andy Murray is expected to be sidelined several months after he underwent right hip surgery Monday to correct an issue that originated during the 2017 French Open last June.
Murray, 30, made every attempt to avoid surgery with a rigorous rehab program, but the issue was not corrected. Murray said he is aiming for a return in time for Wimbledon. Murray was last on the court competitively during last year’s Wimbledon, when he battled into the quarterfinals.
In 2018, Wimbledon begins July 2.
Despite the injury, Murray made the French Open semifinals last year.
Regarding his return, Murray preached caution Monday speaking to reporters, and outlining a schedule that would have a defined focus on Grand Slam events.
“I’m going to take my time to make sure that the rehab is done properly, and make sure that the surgery is as successful as it can be,” he said. “I’ve been quoted (many) times for how long it’s taken for players to get back from the surgery I’ve had, and up to 14 weeks is what I’ve been given.
“I want to come back when I’m fit and ready to play, not to get into a situation like in Brisbane (where he withdrew without going on court) or New York (where he pulled out just after the U.S. Open draw was made), where I’m unsure when I turn up at a tournament how fit I am. I want to know when I come back that I’m ready.”
Novak Djokovic (right elbow), who has won six of his 12 major championships in Australia, is noncommittal for the Grand Slam scheduled to begin Jan. 15. Djokovic, 30, is scheduled to play exhibition events before deciding if he’s healthy enough to remain in the field.
Kei Nishikori (wrist) is also out of the men’s draw at the 2018 Australian Open because of injury.
–Field Level Media