Former World no.2, Tommy Haas has urged the tennis world not to write off Andy Murray yet as he can play some of his best tennis again in the summer of 2019 season.
Haas, who himself dealt with a hip issue during his career, believes that the Australian Open 2019 will be the most important tournament for Andy to indicate how long it will take Andy Murray to hit tip-top shape again.
Murray, who underwent hip surgery in 2018 opted to skip Wimbledon before returning to competitive action at the US Open where he lost in the second round.
The former world no.1 will make open his 2019 campaign at the Brisbane International tournament, which he has won twice before.
If there is someone who can really understand the Andy's condition then it is Haas, as he also had hip problems during his playing career and he also admitted that he was quite shocked to know that the Britt has returned to tennis so soon after his hip surgery.
|“To be quite honest, I don’t know exactly what they did to repair his hip,” he is quoted as saying by Metro.co.uk.
“Obviously I can speak from my own experience – I had a labrum tear as well, I knew it would take some time to come back. So when I saw him already competing again six or seven months after having his surgery, I was a little bit surprised because I know usually the healing and the rehab takes time.
“It was important for him to try and test it out in the summer and see ‘I’m still not quite there yet’, I’m not sure how much pain he has or how he is able to train as much as he used to, how much he wants to in order to get into tip-top shape. Obviously he relies on movement, being in the right position for his type of game.”
“It looks like he’s putting in the hard yards to get ready for the Australian Open – I wouldn’t be surprised by next summer if he’s playing some of his best tennis again,” he added.
“It took me 14 or 15 months to sort of feel like I was okay to go out and compete again and then it still obviously took a few months to really feel comfortable again and not try and compensate with other parts of the body like lower back or whatever might come as well.
“For him, once January comes around it’s been a year since he had the surgery – usually it takes at least a year to feel as if you’re somewhat back and then it’s just a matter of time getting confident, staying healthy, keeping up the good work training.”
Murray has been carefully selecting the tournaments he would play after returning from the surgery. He played in just one tournament after the US Open early exit before calling a premature end to his 2018 campaign in order to step up his preparations for the 2019 season.
He will be back in action for the first Grand Slam of the 2019, Australia Open and it would be interesting to see if the two times Olympics Champion will find his form back or he will continue to struggle with the injury.