Andy Murray out until after French Open following right hip surgery

Murray planning grass-court return after hip surgery

"I'm going to be competing at the highest level again", Murray told reporters during a conference call from his hospital bed at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne.

"I'm going to take my time to make sure that the rehab is done properly, and make sure that the surgery is as successful as it can be", he said. Having played practice sets here in Brisbane with some top players, unfortunately this hasn't worked yet to get me to the level I would like, so I have to reassess my options.

Andy Murray is plotting a return "around the grass-court season" after undergoing hip surgery. One of the things that I would like to do is play until my eldest daughter is able to watch me and have a small understanding of what it is I've done for my living.

Murray announced that he had undergone surgery on a problem that has kept him out since last year's quarter-final exit at Wimbledon and forced him to pull out of the Australian Open.

There is no current update on when Murray could possibly return to competitive tennis.

Murray's lengthy layoff has seen him slide down the ATP world rankings to No 19, but a return to top spot is far from a priority at present, instead focusing first on his rehabilitation before ensuring he is in the best possible condition for the four grand slam tournaments.

"The surgeon felt that my hip will be feeling better than it did a year ago", explained Murray, who hoped that even getting back to "95 per cent" would do the job to get back to the world's pinnacle.

The former world number one was previously expected and confirmed to take part in Melbourne for the 2018 Australian Open.

Murray also said he underwent some minor surgery on his groin on December 18.

He has not played competitively since Wimbledon a year ago after first feeling pain in his hips at the French Open. "I want to know when I come back that I'm ready". I want to come back when I'm fit and ready to play, not to get into a situation like in Brisbane or New York (US Open, 2017), where I'm unsure when I turn up at a tournament how fit I am.

He concedes he may only ever reach 95% fitness but believes that would still be enough to challenge for Grand Slam titles. I feel really, really good physically apart from this one issue.

The former Wimbledon champion would go on to claim that the Briton is experiencing problems in both his hips, rather than just the one hip which could affect his tennis future.

He concluded: "I'll come back from this".

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