After weeks of uncertainty and indecision, Andy Murray has decided to not undergo a hip surgery for his damaged right hip and rely best on an extended period of rehabilitation and rest to solve the problem. As a consequence, Murray will be unable to play again this season.
In a statement released on September 6, 2017 Murray stated, “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete in the upcoming events in Beijing and Shanghai, and most likely, the final two events to finish the season in Vienna and Paris due to my hip injury which has been bothering me the last few months. Having consulted with a number of leading hip specialists over the last week, along with my own team, we have decided that this is the best decision for my long-term future.”
Coincidentally, all three major winners from 2016 including Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have finished their 2017 seasons post Wimbledon, enduring and playing through pain during the grass court season.
The high rate of absence in the men’s draw for the US Open is giving more grounds to the debate of tennis as a sport needs to address the intensity its seasons. But in spite of this, the Association of Tennis Professionals insisted that injuries reported to the physiotherapists have shown no dramatic increase in the numbers.
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