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Andy Murray is set to play his first Grand Slam singles tournament since inserting a metal plate into his joint in January 2019.

Andy Murray has revealed how sufficient comment from a doctor after his hip surgery prompted a return to professional tennis.

Murray is set to play his first Grand Slam singles tournament since inserting a metal plate into his joint in January 2019, when he heads to the Arthur Ashe court at the US Open. Tuesday to play Yoshihito Nishioka.

His presence in New York marks the end of a long journey, which began in 2017 when the then world No.1 suffered the hip injury that derailed his career.

It was after he got out of Wimbledon, a surgeon told him his professional career was over, but Murray refused to give up the ghost, even though he needed a drastic hip resurfacing operation. 18 months later.

There was no guarantee he would return to elite level after such invasive surgery, but meeting the same doctor who had written him off set him on fire to succeed.

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“There is one person in particular who helped me,” Murray said. “It was the doctor / surgeon who told me after Wimbledon in 2017 that I was out of time and that you could have surgery – resurfacing or hip replacement – but that you will no longer be playing professional sports. .

“It was strange timing, I ran into him the morning after resurfacing my hip when I took my first steps on the new hip with the crutches.

“He walked past me in the hallway and he smiled at me and said to my wife, ‘I told him he was going to have to do this.’

“It really got me. I was not happy. I would say that is what gave me the greatest motivation because at that point I had obviously gone through a difficult time, I had the operation and I felt that there was a little smug about what he told me.

“It was enough for me. And I was going to send him a bottle of wine to say thank you for the motivation once I get back on court to compete again but I haven’t made up my mind to do that yet. ”

The doctor shouldn’t flirt too much for his 2017 diagnosis as Murray announced his intention to retire just before the 2019 Australian Open, before opting for hip resurfacing.

When he lost to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round, the Scotsman already thought he had the operation, but didn’t think it would be possible to play in the Grand Slam again.

“If you had asked me the day after the operation, I was in pieces and I would have said no”, he confessed. “For the next few weeks, I certainly would have said no.

“But with each passing month, yes I started to believe. I was a little upset that I wasn’t allowed to play in singles at Wimbledon that year, even though it was only a few months after the operation because in fact I was feeling good. physically painless.

“I didn’t really know that until I started playing practice sets after Wimbledon and beat a few guys in practice in Washington – I was playing a few guys there in the sets there. training. I went to Canada and beat some good players in practice sets there. I thought to myself, “OK, I think I’m going to be fine here”.

“It probably wasn’t until I got back on tour and played singles guys that I really believed that. It was probably four or five months later.

“But certainly at the time, before and after surgery, no, I didn’t think I could do it. But that’s because I was told I wouldn’t.

« [I was] says if you have this operation, chances are you won’t be able to play high level singles again. And I had no one else to watch. I was going a little in the dark. ”

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