MELBOURNE: Andy Murray’s tennis career could yet be prolonged by hip resurfacing surgery, according to the doctor who performed the procedure on US doubles specialist Bob Bryan.
Former world number one Murray bowed out of the Australian Open on Monday for potentially the last time after saying his longstanding hip pain was too much to bear.
Earlier Murray, 31, had declared he would like to end his career at Wimbledon, where he has won two of his three Grand Slam singles titles, if possible.
Dr Edwin Su operated on Bryan, who then took part at the Australian Open in under six months since his surgery.
Bryan has recommended Su to Murray, although the greater physical demands of singles compared to doubles, mean there is no guarantee the same operation could help the British tennis great to regain a place among the world’s top players.
Su, though, told Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper: “I think it would absolutely be able to help him. Ideally, it is with no pain. Most of the time, right away from the time they wake up from the surgery, patients say that the pain is gone.
“It is really miraculous. There is the healing and soft-tissue pain but, once they start feeling better, they are able to do the things they used to do. They can regain their normal life.”