After a year spent trying to battle back from career-saving hip surgery, former world tennis number one Andy Murray said he’s ready to compete at the highest level again, starting at the Australian Open in January.
The 32-year-old Scot underwent hip resurfacing surgery and returned to singles action on the ATP Tour in August.
Victory in Antwerp in October gave Murray a much-needed confidence boost, but his year ended injured again as a groin strain put paid to his participation in the Davis Cup after just one match.
But with his hip problem now seemingly a thing of the past, Murray says he’s optimistic ahead of the new tennis season in 2020.
“I realize I’ll have the option to contend in significant competitions without agonizing over it,” Murray told journalists.
“I’ve played three-set matches and some long ones as of late, yet the best of five is an additional hour, 90 minutes in addition so I’ll discover in Australia.
“Toward the start, you’re considering it (hip) after each development you make and that is not a decent approach into contending but rather now I’m not pondering it when I’m playing.”
Prior to the Australian Open, Murray will also play in the inaugural ATP Cup tournament in Australia in a bid to give himself an early-season shakedown ahead of the first Grand Slam of the season.
“I was asked what would be success in Australia and I don’t know how I’ll perform,” Murray added.