Andy Murray has one ‘question mark’ that could derail his return season in 2022.
EXCLUSIVE: As Andy Murray’s return from hip resurfacing surgery proceeds, former British No 1 Greg Rusedski feels one factor in particular could prevent him from reaching success in 2022.
Andy Murray’s 2021 season came to a close in the ATP 250 in Stockholm recently. In the last couple of years, the three-time Grand Slam champion has been continuing his comeback from hip resurfacing surgery, and he began to get traction in the second part of the season. Greg Rusedski, a former British No 1 himself, has now revealed the one thing Murray must do to make his comeback even more successful next season.
Murray was the world No. 1 when he staggered off Centre Court at Wimbledon in 2017 with a hip injury that would put an end to his career for the next few years.
After a few brief comeback attempts in 2018, the three-time Major champion arrived in Melbourne for the 2019 Australian Open in January, announcing his retirement due to his body’s inability to hold up, but just weeks later, he underwent hip resurfacing surgery, which involved having a metal joint implanted in his hip.
The Brit had a successful comeback, winning his first tournament in doubles with Feliciano Lopez at Queens a few months later, as well as a singles championship in October of that year, defeating fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open in Antwerp.
His comeback, however, has been hit-or-miss ever then, as he contended with a bone growth related to his hip surgery in early 2020 before the circuit was shut down due to the pandemic, and he was forced to miss the 2021 Australian Open after testing positive for Covid.
The current world No. 134 then returned to the grass courts, losing in the first round of Queens to eventual champion Matteo Berrettini before going on to have a fantastic run at Wimbledon, defeating 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili and qualifier Oscar Otte in two dramatic matches before losing in the third round to 10th seed Denis Shapovalov.
During the North American hard-court swing, Murray won a few matches and pushed third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to the final. “Brinkwire News Summary.”