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I needed time to recover: Murray

Andy Murray has struggled to recover from injury
Andy Murray has struggled to recover from injury

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray insists he has no regrets about his long battle to regain fitness despite admitting he is still unsure how his troublesome hip will hold up.

The former world number one is in Australia preparing to start the new season at the Brisbane International having managed just six tournaments in 2018.

It was in Brisbane 12 months ago where Murray finally accepted he would have to undergo surgery after trying for six months to overcome a problem that first surfaced in the summer of 2017.

The suspicion remains that this condition will shorten his career, and Murray is unsure whether he will be able to achieve his remaining targets on court.

He said: "I owe it to myself to give myself a chance to get back to the level that I'm happy competing at.

"I want to go out on my own terms. If I (had) stopped six months ago or not given the hip time to recover, I may look back and regret that decision.

"As I've gotten older, and with the last 12 months, I can't believe how quickly things can change. When I first had issues with the hip I was number one in the world and 12 months later I was struggling. I thought I had time on my side.

"There's nothing I'd rather do more than stay out on tour. I love the practice, the competition, the locker room.

"I want to play as long as I can. There are still things I want to achieve. Whether I am capable of doing that or not, we'll see."

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