Tennis is currently missing one of its top stars in Scotland’s Andy Murray and already people can’t wait for the 30-year-old to return to action. Murray, the former world number one, has been out of action since having surgery on a recurring hip injury in January.
There’s hope that the Scot could be back for the grass-court season, with an appearance at Wimbledon insight should the rehabilitation phase go to plan.
The three-time Grand Slam winner has been missing since Wimbledon last year but is hoping to get back out on the practice court by the end of the month. This means he could return sooner than planned, as long as no issues arise during practice sessions. The grass-court season begins in June, with Wimbledon following at the start of July and this means Murray has plenty of time to get back into the swing of things.
It’s been reported that the early stages of his rehabilitation are going well but Murray insisted immediately after his successful operation that he wasn’t going to rush anything. His last competitive outing was at SW19 in his five set defeat to American Sam Querray in the quarters but it was after exhibition games against Roger Federer and Roberto Bautista Agut prior to the Australian Open that forced him to decide on going under the knife.
As things stand, Murray is back in the gym and doing weights and bike work and had pencilled in a return to the practice court around this time but had also stressed that he didn’t want to work to rigid timelines, preferring to make sure that the rehab is done properly. It’s also likely that the Scot will head abroad for some warm weather training and then a decision is likely to be made on when he will make a return to competitive action.
Murray has already stated that he doesn’t have his eyes on a return for a specific tournament but May is possibly a best-case scenario. The typical recovery period for the sort of surgery Murray has undergone is 14 weeks, which would mean a return is possible in mid-April but maybe he will give the clay court season a complete swerve, preferring to focus on returning for grass court action.
If, however, Murray feels his body is ready to return to competitive action, it’s quite possible that he could make the French Open which begins at Roland Garros on the 27th of May. Last year he reached the semi-finals and it could be a good chance for him to get some playing time under his belt before he looks to get back on track on the grass.
The Surbiton Trophy staged in the ATP Challenger Tour is also an option and this begins a week later in South West London. Whichever way you look at it, Murray will be back to compete at Wimbledon and will also have plenty of time prior to build up fitness as well as form.