Andy Murray says he still hopes to get back to winning the biggest competitions, but his injury ordeal has helped him put tennis into perspective.
Murray was world number one when he was struck down by a hip injury that cost his two years of his career and appeared certain to end it.
However, after major surgery that involved adding metal components into his hip – the true extent of which is shown in dramatic clarity in the new documentary Andy Murray: Resurfacing – he is once again back on a tennis court and, most importantly, pain-free.
It remains to be seen whether Murray will be able to reach his former heights with a metal hip, but he says he can deal with it if he cant.
“Obviously you’d want to do well in all the big competitions,” Murray told the BBC.
“But I think that’s one of the things that I took out of these last few years: that ultimately you realise what actually are the most important things.
“Tennis is very important to me but it’s not ahead of my health, it’s not ahead of my family.
“Tennis is great and winning matches is fantastic, but you realise when you’ve gone through a tough period – and you get through it – what the really important things are.”
Since returning this summer, the signs for Murray have certainly bee encouraging.
He won the doubles title at Queens alongside Feliciano Lopez, played both men’s and mixed doubles at Wimbledon, played a full Asian swing of the ATP singles Tour, and won his final tournament of the year in Antwerp.
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