Andy Murray: I am pain-free, happy and enjoying my life
He doesn’t know yet if he will return to competitive tennis, but Andy Murray is feeling pretty upbeat as he has revealed he is “pain-free, happy and enjoying my life”.
The three-time Grand Slam champion announced at the start of the year that he would retire after this year’s Wimbledon as his long-standing hip injury had become too painful.
He underwent hip resurfacing surgery a few weeks later, but admitted that the Australian Open may well have been his last tournament.
However, he has since taken tentative steps forward in recent weeks and released videos in which he gently hit tennis balls against a court while his mother Judy published a clip of her son playing golf.
The former world No 1 was the official starter for Sunday’s London Marathon and before the gun went off he revealed he is no longer in pain.
“I have been hitting the ball from a stationary position but I haven’t been doing any movement,” he told BBC Sport.
“I don’t feel any pressure to get playing again but if my body will allow, I will try.”
He added: “The hip is really good and there is no pain any more. I’m just a bit weak from the incision in the operation.
“I’m pain-free, happy and enjoying my life.”
Murray’s former coach and former world No 1 Amelie Mauresmo was the official starter for the wheelchair and women’s elite race and also competed in the latter race herself.
While he admires those who compete in the long-distance event, he admits competing in the London Marathon is not on his list of things to do.
“I’m not a good runner, I don’t particularly enjoy it,” he said. “But I came to watch my wife [Kim]do it five or six years ago and I loved it. The atmosphere was amazing, I really enjoy walking around and seeing it at all the different points and I’ll definitely give it a go one day – but not at the sort of times that Amelie is doing!
“That was the thing when I came to watch, you don’t see it often. The only other time I’ve really seen that is at the Olympics when everyone comes together supporting the same cause. Everyone’s so positive. At the beginning I just wanted to spot my wife and then at the end you’re just standing there cheering everyone that comes past. It’s inspiring and it’s amazing what everyone is doing today.”
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