Andy Murray, who is set to appear at the Brisbane International, is not a 100% yet according to his surgeon- Dr John O’Donnell who has said that, “It is just his intense desire to do well that has kept him going as well as he has.”
The Brit will be seen in action on Tuesday after playing just 6 tournaments over the course of 2018 post undergoing a hip surgery in Melbourne back in January.
After returning for two tournaments in the grass season he announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon and then ended his season after only six events in September to undergo more rehabilitation.
Despite, the time taken to recover Murray, has said that he is still not feeling the same as before and his surgeon Dr O’Donnell said commented on that. “That wouldn’t be surprising because he has had problems with his hip for some time and it had reached the point where he couldn’t play”, he said. “It wasn’t really at the stage where we could attempt to make his hip normal”
“He has certainly improved but he still has ongoing problems with it”, he added. “It is not as bad as it was but it is not normal.”
Andy Murray, who has won the title in Brisbane title twice in his previous appearances, faces Australian wildcard James Duckworth in his first round encounter, with the winner drawn to play No.4 seed Daniil Medvedev. This will be his only warm-up event before heads to play at the Australian Open, where he has been the finalist on five occasions.
Despite mentioning the persisting problems his surgeon thinks that a man with Andy Murray’s determination could overcome the pain to actually start playing well. “I think he has been walking a tightrope for some time and it is just his intense desire to do well that has kept him going as well as he has”, said his surgeon.
“So it is pretty hard to predict because he is not like a normal person. He just does things that are beyond what I could normally understand.