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Apr

2019

Andy Murray Is Back Hitting Balls Again

It is unclear what the future may hold for former World No. 1 Andy Murray. But fans around the world will be happy about one thing: the Scot is hitting tennis balls again.

On Monday, Murray posted a video of himself hitting balls against a wall on his Instagram stories, just more than two months after he underwent hip resurfacing surgery on 28 January.

“I think he will [return], [but] I think he’s aware it might not be possible,” Murray’s Mom, Judy Murray, told the Associated Press in February. “He’s a smart guy. He has a lot of interest in different things [and] he has a lot of options in life after tennis.”

Murray's most recent match came in the first round of the Australian Open, where he played inspired tennis to push Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut to five sets. While at the time he was undecided about whether or not he would undergo the surgery, Murray knew that the future was unclear. He has taken inspiration from watching Bob Bryan return to action, as the American underwent a similar surgery last August. Bryan and his twin, Mike Bryan, won the Miami Open presented by Itau.

"Having an operation like that, there's absolutely no guarantees I'd be able to play again. I'm fully aware of that. It's a really big operation. There's no guarantees that you can come back from that," Murray said after losing to Bautista Agut. "But there is the possibility, because guys have done it before. Bob Bryan is doing it just now. Some other athletes have given it a go. But, like I said, there's no guarantees. That's kind of the decision I have to make, that possibility of not having one more match by having the operation."