Andy Murray have had a second hip operation, getting a metal implant one year after his first procedure on the joint.
The three-time major champion posted a message Tuesday on Instagram saying that he had the surgery in London on Monday.
“Feeling a bit battered and bruised just now,” Murray wrote, “but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain.”
What’s not known with any certainty yet is what this might mean for the 31-year-old Murray’s future in tennis. Before the Australian Open, where he lost in the first round on Jan. 14, Murray said that he planned to retire at some point in 2019 – and that it was possible that Grand Slam tournament might be the final event of his career.
He is most famous for ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a male champion at Wimbledon in 2013; he also won the 2016 title there, along with the 2012 U.S. Open and two Olympic singles gold medals and a Davis Cup, while reaching No. 1 in the rankings.
Tuesday’s post included two pictures – one of Murray in a hospital bed, the other of an X-ray.
“I now have a metal hip as you can see,” Murray wrote, before showing that his sense of humour is intact by adding, “and I look like I’ve got a bit of a gut.”