Murray plans Miami Masters comeback

andrew hendrie:

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray is hopeful of returning to action at this month’s Miami Masters as he continues to rehab his troublesome hip.

Murray hasn’t played since the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid last year, missing the Australian Open and tournaments in Rotterdam and Montpellier last month due to a pelvic injury.

Forced to deal with unusual bone growth around his hip after undergoing career-saving resurfacing surgery at the start of 2019, Murray admitted that he might need a further operation if the pain continued.

However, Murray has been taking to court for some light training sessions this week and is still targeting a comeback in Miami, which begins on March 25.

“In the short term, I’m training to try and get ready for Miami,” Murray told Amazon Prime Video.

“I’ve done so much rehab these last few months that, in terms of my strength and everything, all of the muscles around the hip are working well. It’s just I hadn’t played tennis.

“I’d hit like twice since the Davis Cup for like 40 minutes in a three-month period, so I need some time to build up and feel good on the court again. That’s kind of my plans just now unless I have a setback or something.”

Murray is a two-time champion at the Miami Masters, triumphing in 2009 and 2013.

The three-time major champion returned to the court via the doubles arena during the grass season last year, before making his singles comeback at the Cincinnati Masters.

Murray went on to win his first ATP title since Dubai 2017 at the European Open in Antwerp, beating Stan Wawrinka in an emotional final.

It appeared as if Murray was getting back on track with consistent match-play on tour, but his latest injury worries have been a disappointing setback.

“I need some time to build up and feel good on the court again,” Murray said. “But that’s kind of my plans just now unless I have a setback or something.”