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Andy Murray may still be bothered by the hip injury after defeat to Roger Federer during an charity exhibition match in Glasgow on Tuesday night.
Former pro tennis player and now TV presenter Andrew Castle observed that the 30-year-old, who reportedly welcomed his second child with wife Kim, was not the same man due to the chronic hip pain.
He said that based on his observation, Murray’s hip may still be bothering him because he favors it every time he moves or changes direction.
“I was disheartened to see that he hadn’t made much progress in terms of the way he was walking between points – more than four months on,” Castle told BBC Scotland. “To be quite honest, I’m just not liking what I’m seeing.”
But he quickly added that he’s happy to see Murray back on the court. Castle, of course, knows what he’s talking about as he also underwent hip surgery back in 2013.
Meanwhile, Murray added fuel to the speculations about having arthritis after declining to answer any questions pertaining to his hip. He said that he doesn’t want to talk about his struggles with the nagging pain in his hip.
“There are a few things going on in my hip that I don’t need to talk about here,” he said.
However, he quickly added that the good news is that doctors did not recommend surgery for his problems. Murray said that’s good in the sense that surgery can be very bad because there are a lot of unknowns during the rehab process. “If you can go a conservative route it’s better,” he said.
Murray dropped to No. 16 in the ATP rankings mostly due to inactivity, which was his lowest since over a decade ago. Apart from the charity match, Murray has not committed to play in any tennis matches in 2017. At the end of 2016, he was No. 1.