Sir Andy Murray
Andy Murray won his first single’s title since career-saving hip surgey after he beat Stan Wawrinka at the European Open.
On the 14th January it seemed Andy Murray had bid farewell to tennis for good. Murray though is as fierce a competitor the UK has ever produced and so he decided he’d roll the dice one last time and have invasive hip surgery which he hoped would save his career, and more importantly change his life.
Pre surgery Murray couldn’t even go to soft play with his child, or put his socks on without feeling extreme pain. The surgery was as brutal as the injury itself. Professor Max Fehily, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and clinical director at the Manchester Hip Clinic, explained what was involved “Smoothing down the ball, then covering it with a metal cap,” explained Fehily. “Then a layer of metal is placed within the pelvic socket in which it sits.” Most people who have this surgery are the wrong side of 55 and almost none (Bob Bryan excepted) attempt to play professional tennis.
The operation went well, so well that Murray was able announced he’d be returning to tennis by playing in the Doubles at the Queens Club Championships with long time friend Feliciano López. They incredibly went on to win the tournament and Andy Murray’s comeback had well and truly started.
Murray, a skinny kid from Dunblaine worked and worked until he became one of the greatest tennis players in the world, if not the greatest – certainly for a spell – in an age where tennis was dominated by two of the greatest players that ever lived in Nadal and Federer. Murray is one of those rare sportsman that when his career is over can look back and honestly say he could have done no more. He squeezed out every drop of potential he ever had and in doing so became arguably Britain’s greatest ever sporting competitor. If this was ever in doubt then one only need to look at his incredible victory this weekend – this just his 7th tournament of the year.
Murray called this one of the biggest” wins of his career.
“It means a lot,” the three-time Grand Slam champion said. “The last few years have been extremely difficult.
“I didn’t expect to be in this position at all. I’m happy, very happy.”
Whilst fellow Grand Slam champion Wawrinka, who Murray overcame in the fianl, said: “To see you back at this level, it’s amazing.
“We’re all really happy. I’m sad I lost today but I’m really happy to see you back.”
Murray not only won the match but won it having been a set down, 3-1 down in the 2nd set and facing 2 break points. That in itself tells you everything you need to know about Sir Andy Murray – he just doesn’t know when he’s beaten. He’s due to return to play Davis Cup tennis for Britain and will then look to see how far he can go in the first major of the season – the Australian Open.
If ever there was a reminder needed about how far one can get with incredible hard work, dedication and a never say die attitude then Murray’s win this weekend serves as just that.