Andy Murray plans to play the 2020 Australian Open, one year after considering retirement from tennis due to a lingering hip injury.
According to The Guardian, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed the news.
“For sure Andy will be here,” Tiley told the Australian radio station Triple M on Tuesday. “I was on the phone with his agent this morning. He is going to be in Australia early."
Speaking to reporters before his Australian Open first-round match—he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets—a tearful Murray had described the excruciating pain caused by his hip injury.
“I’ve been struggling for a long time. I’ve been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now,” Murray told reporters. “I’ve pretty much done everything I could to get my hip feeling better—I feel like I’m in a better place than I was six months ago, but I’m still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough."
“I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament.”
Two and a half weeks later, he underwent hip resurfacing surgery to get metal implant.
I underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London yesterday morning...feeling a bit battered and bruised just now but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain ???? I now have a metal hip as you can see in the 2nd photo ???????? and I look like I've got a bit of a gut in photo 1????
In June, Murray made his return on the doubles court, winning the Queens Club title with Feliciano Lopez.
He kicked off his singles comeback in Cincinnati, losing to Richard Gasquet in straight sets. Since then, he’s entered five more events including his quarterfinal run in Beijing.