Andy Murray back on the practice court

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Andy Murray in action during his last competitive outing at Australian Open 2019 (Getty Images)
Andy Murray posts a video on Instagram showing him hitting against a practice wall, accompanied by the caption: “It’s a start”, as he continues his comeback from hip surgery.

Andy Murray has returned to a tennis court two months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery.

Murray, who has not played competitively since his first round exit at the Australian Open in January, said last month he could possibly play at Wimbledon as he was now pain-free after the surgery.

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The 31-year-old posted a short video on Instagram, where he was seen hitting the ball in an outdoor court while rallying with a wall with a caption, “It’s a start.”

Murray had said he was not sure he could play in the singles draw at Wimbledon, a tournament he has won twice, but targeted a possible return in doubles at this year’s tournament as it put less stress on his hip.

The three-times Grand Slam champion compared his situation to that of American doubles player Bob Bryan who returned to the court in just under six months after a similar procedure.

This year’s Wimbledon begins on July 1.

Murray declared last month that he was pain free following the procedure, but was cautious when asked to explain what that meant for his comeback plans.

“I want to continue playing for sure,” he told Sky News. “The rehab is slow but going pretty well. I just need to wait and see how things progress. If it’s possible I’d love to compete again.

“All of the surgeons that I’ve spoken to have been very honest about that and we just have to wait and see.”

“It takes time for muscles and things to heal properly and me to get used to moving around with it. But I’d say that would be a fair amount of time before I’d be able to say definitively this isn’t good enough or this actually feels great.”

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