Andy Murray has announced he will “most likely” miss the rest of the season because of the hip injury that has plagued him all year - fuelling speculation that his Grand Slam-winning days are behind him.
In the British tournament, he was clearly struggling with his hip, failing to display the lithe athleticism that propelled him to the title the previous year, so his gloomy prognosis this week comes as little surprise.
Describing 2017 as “frustrating”, Murray said in a Facebook post: “I’m confident after this extended period of rest and rehabilitation I will be able to reach my best level again and be competing for Grand Slam titles next season.
On the plus side, Murray didn’t say that his hip required surgery - but, as the Daily Mail says, “for every month a player is absent from the tour, it takes that long for him or her to get back to the level they were before”.
Murray’s game is built on what the Mail describes as “a lot of hard grind and running”, and a degenerative hip condition combined with his age could mean he will never regain the speed needed to dominate opponents.
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