Andy Murray has confirmed he's had surgery on his hip that will either end of extend his tennis career.
The 31-year-old underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London yesterday morning
Hip resurfacing involves the trimming and capping of the head of the femur with a smooth metal covering. The damaged bone and cartilage within the socket is removed and replaced with a metal shell.
The former world number one said before his first round exit at the Australian Open this month, the problem could force him into an early retirement.
A heartbroken Murray announced on January 11th that he will be forced to retire this year.
The debilitating hip injury that has plagued him for almost two years has left the former world number one in near constant agony.
Murray hopes surgery will save career
Speaking ahead of the Australian Open, the 31-year-old admitted that it could be his last tournament even though is aim it to play through the pain to get to Wimbledon.
Murray was considering surgery at the time but admitted he wasn’t sure if that would be to alleviate the pain or prolong his career: “The pain is too much really and I don't want to continue playing that way."
"I spoke to my team and I told them that I can't keep doing this, that I needed to have an end point because playing with no idea when this, the pain, was going to stop.
"I said to my team: look, I think I can get through this till Wimbledon. That is where I'd like to stop playing.
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I underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London yesterday morning...feeling a bit battered and bruised just now but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain 😀 I now have a metal hip as you can see in the 2nd photo 👉👉 and I look like I've got a bit of a gut in photo 1😂