Andy Murray is ready to make his aggressive return on Wednesday within the doubles at Queen’s. In his common BBC Sport column, the 32-year-old Scot talks about assembly the lady who carried out his “life-changing” hip surgical procedure and the way working on the Queen Mom and Prince Phillip did not essentially imply she was proper for him.
5 months in the past, sitting in a information convention on the Australian Open, I assumed I used to be seemingly on the verge of retiring from the game that I like.
It was uncomfortable taking part in with my kids on the mushy play centre. I could not sleep correctly. I could not do primary on a regular basis duties like placing on my footwear and socks. I used to be in ache on a regular basis.
Now I am on the brink of step again on to the court docket competitively within the doubles at Queen’s.
I did not count on to be on this place, I did not understand how it could really feel if I had the hip resurfacing operation.
Even when I might by no means tried to play tennis once more, I’d have had the operation as a result of I could not stroll correctly.
A pivotal second in my return has been assembly Sarah Muirhead-Allwood, the surgeon on the London Hip Unit who operated on me in January.
I knew she had operated on Prince Phillip’s hip final 12 months, and earlier than that the Queen Mom – however I did not understand how that may translate to engaged on an athlete.
I first met Sarah in late January, shortly after I obtained again to London from Melbourne, and we chatted for about an hour. Throughout this I requested her: “How do I do know you are good?”
I wasn’t doing it to be impolite, however in sport you possibly can inform how good somebody is by their rating. However how do I do know a surgeon is sweet?
She simply stated to me: “Effectively, you do not. You do not know.”
I felt she was very trustworthy with me and I admired that. She did not promise I’d get again to taking part in. She informed me precisely what to anticipate and what my expectations needs to be.
If she did not know one thing then she would say she did not know the reply fairly than attempting to promote me one thing that may not be case. That was why I had surgical procedure along with her.
I did not wish to have somebody telling me “you may undoubtedly be again and profitable Wimbledon in 5 months”, as a result of it would not work like that and it would not have been true.
I wasn’t promised that. The explanation for having the operation was to not come again and play tennis. The explanation was to enhance my high quality of life and the operation has been life-changing.
‘I do not imagine in destiny – however some odd issues occurred’
A number of very unusual issues occurred on the day I met Sarah for our first chat.
I went to have a scan after our assembly and the man who operated on my again in 2013 messaged me out of the blue, asking how I used to be getting on with my hip.
I informed him I used to be really having a scan on the Lister Hospital in Chelsea – and it turned out he was within the room subsequent door seeing sufferers.
So he got here to see me and we chatted about Sarah. He stated she had a unbelievable repute and that she was excellent.
I additionally ran into the man who has learn all of my scans over my complete profession after I walked out of the raise.
He requested what I used to be doing there and I informed him I’d simply met Sarah. He additionally stated solely very optimistic issues.
After talking to Sarah for about an hour, after which listening to what these individuals within the medical trade stated, I knew in my head I needed her to function on me.
I do not essentially imagine in destiny nevertheless it was actually odd. It appears like the one particular person I did not stumble upon to ask for an opinion was Prince Phillip!
I went residence and chatted it by way of with my spouse Kim and my staff. Then just a few days later I had the operation.
‘It was more durable to take pleasure in spending time with my kids’
Lengthy-term ache could be demoralising and it undoubtedly affected my psychological well being, however on the time I did not realise it as a lot as a result of it turned the norm.
Days simply turned trickier and I wasn’t dwelling life like I’d wish to. I might end practising and would simply wish to have my ft up all day due to the ache.
I used to be nonetheless capable of play with my children; it was simply getting more durable to benefit from the issues we did collectively.
Once we’d go to mushy play locations, it was so uncomfortable on my fingers and knees crawling by way of tunnels. Now I am the primary one on the slides or participating in mini gymnastics.
I am doing all of the issues I used to actually take pleasure in doing and which I would not have been doing six months in the past – taking part in golf, participating in ‘escape rooms’, spending extra time with associates. Added to that, I am again on the court docket and having fun with taking part in and all of the bodily coaching.
Escape rooms are undoubtedly one thing value attempting if you have not but. You get locked in a room with your folks and attempt to escape inside your allotted time. It’s all concerning the technique and it will get aggressive, which I like.
I additionally performed golf with my brother within the membership championship at Wentworth on Saturday. It is a tremendous course, nevertheless it did not go nicely – and I began with a number of shanked pictures on the primary gap. We each shot triple digits and I play off a handicap of six! It was windy although…
Earlier than the operation I might have by no means finished performed golf the day earlier than a match as a result of my hip would harm, whereas now I can do issues like that and be ache free.
Andy Murray was speaking to BBC Sport’s Jonathan Jurejko.