Andy Murray is hoping to return to competition following his recent hip operation.
The former world No 1, speaking on Wednesday at Queen’s Club in London, said that he no longer had any pain in his right hip after undergoing a “resurfacing” operation in London five weeks ago.
Murray, who had said at the Australian Open in January that he might not play again, was talking at the announcement of a long-term partnership with the Castore sportswear brand. Although he was still walking with a limp, he was clearly pleased with his progress.
“I want to continue playing,” Murray said. “I said that in Australia. The issue is I don’t know whether it is going to be possible. I’m a lot happier now than I was over the last 12 months since I had the operation.
“I have no pain in my hip any more and I was in a lot of pain for a long time. The rehab has been slow, but it’s been going pretty well. I just need to wait and see how things progress. If it’s possible, I’d certainly love to compete again.”
Murray, who was first seen in Castore’s sportswear at the Australian Open, is to become a shareholder in the British company and will join its board as an advisor. The company was founded in 2015 by the brothers Tom and Phil Beahon, who both came from professional sporting backgrounds.
Asked if the involvement with Castore was an indication of what he might do when he eventually retires, Murray said: “I want to see what it is I want to do when I finish playing. I have other interests as well.
“If I wanted to go into coaching, commentary, all these sorts of things, I need to decide that more when I finish playing. This is something that, when it was initially discussed, it was quite exciting for me. I certainly would not rule out doing more of it in the future.”