Andy Murray says he is now pain-free after hip surgery

2019 Australian Open - Day 1

Andy Murray has stated that he hopes to continue to play despite previously hinting that he was going to retire.

The former World Number 1 last played in the first round at the Australian Open where he was knocked out by Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut in a five-set thriller.

Since then he has gone under the knife to have surgery on his right hip in order to try and alleviate the pain he has felt for years.

But today he has claimed that he is now pain-free and would love to compete again.

Speaking at an event at Queen’s club today, where they were making an announcement of a new “long-term partnership” with Castore, a company Murray has invested in.

“I want to continue playing, I said that in Australia. The issue is I don't know whether it is going to be possible," Murray said.

"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 anymore 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 kind of wait and see how things progress. If it's possible, I'd certainly love to compete again.”

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There is hope for Murray in regard to a comeback from this operation, American doubles legend Bob Bryan returned to tennis following the same operation following a five-month rehab period.

Despite that, there has never been a player who has played singles tennis following the operation and Murray has said that his chance of playing at this year’s Wimbledon was less than 50%.

"To play singles at Wimbledon I'd say it would be less than 50% chance, doubles maybe possibly," Murray added.

"Bob Bryan had the same operation and was competing after five and a half months. But there is a vast difference between singles and doubles, in terms of the physicality and the loads you put through the body.

"I think it is possible to return to singles, but I don't want to say it is highly likely because it hasn't been done before. I can't look at another tennis player and say that guy has done it.

"The surgeons said I can try but couldn't give me any guarantees."

The mention of doubles could potentially lead to a teaming up with his brother Jamie Murray who he competed alongside at the 2012 Olympics.

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