Andy Murray has confessed that his struggles to return to a competitive ATP level after two hip surgeries over recent seasons has been a huge battle.
The former No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner – twice at Wimbledon – underwent the first of two hip ops three and a half years ago. In the interim he has made it to an ATP court on just 25 occasions, the last well over two months ago in the Rotterdam second round.
Murray told London’s Evening Standard of his frustration at trying to make a solid return.
“Once I had the metal hip I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, (But) I didn’t expect it to be quite like this,” the No. 123 said.
“It’s either do it (rehab and training) or stop playing..
“I still want to keep playing. I just don’t enjoy it as much as maybe I did a few years ago.”
The Scot who turns 34 on May 15 did find a bright side to his recent seasons of frustration: the father of four has been around watching his children grow up.
“I got to see my kids growing up and I’ve spent loads of time around them, building great relationships with them, which I wouldn’t have had the chance to do otherwise…
“In some ways, that’s been really the positive thing that’s come out of this.
“I was building castles out of cardboard boxes, which the kids loved but they looked terrible.”
Murray’s immediate competitive future looks murky, with his French Open participation still hanging while he undoubtedly ponders a summer return to his beloved grass.