IN­JURED MUR­RAY PON­DERS HIP SURGERY

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

US OPEN ab­sen­tee Andy Mur­ray is de­bat­ing a ca­reer-shap­ing de­ci­sion on whether to un­dergo surgery on the dodgy hip which has kept him off court since an early Wim­ble­don loss two months ago. The for­mer No. 1, dis­placed this month atop the ATP rank­ings by Rafael Nadal, is said to be weigh­ing his med­i­cal op­tions af­ter train­ing in pain on­site at the Open be­fore fi­nally pulling the plug on his par­tic­i­pa­tion last week­end. “I have never had to take any time off be­cause of my hip be­fore,” the Scot said. “Ob­vi­ously I spoke to a num­ber of spe­cial­ists about the in­jury to get the best

ad­vice pos­si­ble. When you speak to a lot, there are dif­fer­ent views and opin­ions on what the best thing to do is mov­ing for­ward. That’s a de­ci­sion I’ll need to take now.” Mur­ray’s for­mer coach Leon Smith, the Bri­tish Davis Cup cap­tain, be­lieves that his long-time pupil can make a full re­cov­ery from any surgery if he chooses an op­er­a­tion over weeks of rest to try and cure the hip.

voice” to de­ter­mine that her time was up as a pro­fes­sional. Date will make her fi­nal ap­pear­ance in next month’s Ja­pan Open, a fort­night be­fore she turns 47. Date re­turned to ten­nis last May af­ter a trans­plant op­er­a­tions to fix knee car­ti­lage. “I was de­ter­mined to con­tinue my chal­lenge un­til the day I could no longer ig­nore my in­ner voice,” she said. “I had sur­vived painful knee surgery, over­come harsh re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and hard train­ing to get in shape to play in a tour­na­ment, which I feel is a great ac­com­plish­ment. How­ever, when I com­pare my level of play to be­fore my in­juries, I re­alise there’s a gap and it’s not easy to fill.” The three-time grand slam semi­fi­naist first re­tired 21 years ago, but bounced back to start a sec­ond ca­reer a dozen years later.

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