The Andy Murray is no longer a fight to compete, to take a racket and continue playing tennis, it is a fight to live with some normality. "It hurts me to walk the dog," he admitted a few weeks before starting the Australian Open, where he was eliminated in the first round by Roberto Bautista after a marathon five-set match. His hip pain, which was operated in January 2018, was unbearable and announced that he would undergo surgery again. He has already done it, and he posted it on his Instagram account, with a photo in the hospital and an X-ray of his new articulation. «I had hip reconstruction surgery in London. I feel a little sore and bruised, but I hope that is the end of my hip pain. I know that now I have a metal hip, "he explained on social networks.
The 31-year-old Scotsman has been fighting against suffering for a couple of years. It all started right after one of his best moments, when he reached number one in the world. It was in November 2016, after a spectacular end of course, with triumphs at Wimbledon, the Olympic Games, Beijing, Vienna, the 1000 Masters of Shanghai and Paris and the Masters Tournament. All this served to unseat Novak Djokovic at the head of world tennis, but the problems began soon. In July 2017 he stopped after Wimbledon, in January 2018 he operated, he reappeared at the end of that same year, but he continued with pain and without results until this January he announced that the injuries were going to force him to retire. His intention, he said and maintains, is to say goodbye to Wimbledon, the "Grand Slam" he won twice, the first of them in 2013, becoming the first Briton to triumph in the London grass since 1936. In addition, he has two golds Olympic Games and a United States Open. He has usually been included along with Djokovic, Federer and Nadal. They called them the "big four," because of the dominance they have had on the circuit in the last fifteen years. He is also one of the most active tennis players in the fight for gender equality. Amelie Mauresmo was his coach, and in 2017 he corrected a journalist when asked about his rival, Sam Querrey, the "first American tennis player to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam since 2009." "Tennis man," he replied. Because Serena and Venus Williams had reached that round several times. These are just examples. It has many more.
It is complicated that Murray's dream is fulfilled. Now he has several months of recovery ahead of him, and he will barely be able to prepare on a track to be able to compete with any guarantee or with dignity in Wimbledon. Play or not play, sure they pay tribute. Of course, for July he hopes to be able to take his dogs quietly and without suffering.