Andy Murray is plotting a return to singles competition. This development comes less than a year after he announced plans to retire in a tearful press conference prior to the Australian Open.
The former world number 1 cited unbearable hip pain as the reason for his decision. “The pain is too much, really,” Murray stated in the press conference, “It’s not something I want. I don’t want to continue playing that way. I’ve tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right, and that hasn’t worked.”
Yet, this wasn’t the end that Murray predicted. The Telegraph reports that Murray underwent resurfacing surgery in January, where a metal cap was placed at the top of Murray’s femur.
Murray took this option upon the recommendation of doubles specialist Bob Bryan, who underwent the same procedure in August last year. He was
back to doubles action five months later.
The 32-year-old Murray was optimistic that this procedure would ease the pain, and improve his quality of life, but he remained unconvinced that he would play competitive tennis again. “If I don’t recover well from it, then I don’t play again.” Bryan thought otherwise. “There’s no evidence that it’s possible [to return to competition] in tennis,” Bryan noted.
“I mean, so much wear and tear. But I think he could do it. I personally don’t underestimate Andy Murray. You look at the great workers in history: [Ivan] Lendl, [Jim] Courier, [Andy] Roddick. This guy is maybe even a step up.”
That work ethic described by Bryan has been a Murray trademark. For all his talent, it was his indomitable will that truly made the Scot one of the sport’s most successful ever players. Murray is ranked fifth in Coral’s list of the highest paid tennis players due to his three Grand Slam victories — one in the U.S Open and two in Wimbledon. This is despite facing numerous injuries throughout his career, including back surgery in 2016 (the year he won his second Wimbledon title). And this willpower is back on show once more.
Since the hip surgery Murray has been on the road for a singles return. This started at Queens where he won the doubles tournament with Feliciano López, and then at Wimbledon where he teamed up with fellow tennis
great Serena Williams for the mixed doubles. The two won their first two matches, before losing to top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar in round 3 (6-3, 4-6, 6-2).
Murray has no doubt come a long way since that emotional press conference in Melbourne Park. He is in much better shape and he looks all but set to give singles competition another go. In fact, the three-time Grand Slam winner is aiming to play singles at the Cincinnati Masters this August. But that comeback will depend on Murray’s conditioning. He admitted that his “cardio isn’t great,” but that he is happy in terms of how he is “moving and feeling and pulling up the next day from these practices.”
Given Murray’s legendary work ethic, getting that conditioning back should be easy for the former number 1. What is important now is that he is finally pain free.
European Tour Suspends Thorbjorn Olesen
The European Tour has officially suspended Thorbjorn Olesen pending the investigation into his recent arrest on charges of being drunk on an aircraft a and assaulting a female passenger while she slept.
Olesen was arrested at Heathrow Airport on July 29th upon his return from the World Golf Championships event in Tennessee, and he is set to appear in court on August 21st to face charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault, according to Metropolitan Police in London.
The European Tour issued a statement saying that Olesen has been suspended pending the outcome of his case, adding that they would not make any further comments on the matter while the legal process moves forward.
Stampeders’ Bo Levi Mitchell Ruled Out
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has been ruled out for Week 9’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday.
Mitchell was able to return to practice on Tuesday, and was able to make a number of throws at various distances and lengths, but the team ultimately decided that he was not ready for action just yet.
Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson had left the door open for Mitchell to dress against Winnipeg, but now he is not going to dress for the game either.
Mitchell, for his part, is remaining upbeat about his injured shoulder.
“It felt great” Mitchell said on Tuesday, according to TSN. “I didn’t really want to take the helmet off…overall, I felt pretty good.
“That’s Dave (Dickenson’s) decision. Dave and Huf (GM John Hufnagel) – let those guys decide.”
Mitchell will now set his sights on Week 10, where he could return as the team takes on the Montreal Alouettes at home.
Sun Trade Kristine Anigwe to Wings for Theresa Plaisance
The Connecticut Sun had acquired forward/center Theresa Plaisance from the Dallas Wings in exchange for rookie forward/center Kristine Anigwe, according to ESPN.
“Theresa is a talented, versatile offensive player and is considered one of the best stretch post players in the league. She is someone who we have targeted for a few seasons and we are excited to have her with us. Theresa gives us an experienced, young veteran presence who has a tremendous reputation across the league as a fantastic teammate and unifier in the locker room,” Sun coach and general manager Curt Miller said in an official statement.
Plaisance is averaging 6 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Wings this season and is second among centers with 23 made 3-pointers this year.
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