It is more likely than ever that Andy Murray will undergo a second hip operation, and thus probably bring down the curtain on his career, after he declared himself satisfied with Monday night’s near-miss against Roberto Bautista Agut. If he is to go out, he suggested, it might as well be after a five-set epic.
Murray is likely to decide over the next week that he will have a metal lining inserted into his troublesome right hip, and a metal cap placed on the top of his femur, creating what is known as “the Birmingham hip”.
He said that there would a small chance of returning to the professional tour, even after the procedure. But if playing at Wimbledon was the real priority, he also acknowledged that he would be better off resting rather than going under the knife.
“Not having it done would give me a better chance of playing Wimbledon,” Murray told reporters. “I would definitely play Wimbledon if I didn’t have the operation because my hip isn’t going to be much worse off after this.
“My hip is screwed anyway, so it’s not like this match is going to make it any worse than what it is. So if I took a few months off and didn’t play, I could definitely get myself on the court to play Wimbledon one last time.