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Game likely not over for Murray as tennis star still targeting return

Murray: Shock defeat at Queen's Club won't affect Wimbledon

British tennis superstar, Andy Murray is says he will have to ‘wait and see’ if his current state of health will allow him return to the sport.

Murray broke down in tears at the Australian Open in January, saying in his pre-tournament news conference that he planned to retire after this year’s Wimbledon because of the pain in his hip.

He had hip resurfacing surgery in January – which he said meant there was a “strong possibility” he would not be able to play professionally again.

But the former world number one has said although he is “a lot happier” having had the surgery, he is under “no pressure” to resume his career.

“The rehab is slow but going well,” the three-time Grand Slam champion told the BBC.

“I want to continue playing, I said that in Australia. The issue is I don’t know whether it’s possible.”

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He added: “I have to wait and see. I’m not allowed to do high-intensity 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 playing top 10, that is unlikely, but getting to the top 50, top 100, might be possible.

“I don’t feel any pressure to come back, I don’t feel pressure to play. If it allows me to play that’s brilliant.”

Murray’s last competitive game was a gutsy first-round five-set defeat by Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open in January.

After the defeat, he said he had been in pain for “the past 20 months” and wanted the hip operation to improve his quality of life.

Although American doubles player Bob Bryan had had the same surgery last year and was back playing again, alongside twin brother Mike, five months later, no tennis player has competed in the singles category after having such operation.

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