Andy Murray 'cautiously optimistic' of summer return

Andy Murray is "cautiously optimistic" about returning to a tennis court this summer according to his mother Judy.

Earlier this year the 31-year-old had a hip resurfacing operation, having announced at the Australian Open that it could be his last appearance on court.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Kim Sears reacts during the Men's Singles Final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Milos Raonic of Canada on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andy Couldridge-Pool/Getty Images)
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Just over three months since his surgery, Judy told the BBC it was "still early days, so we will have to wait and see."

"He was told not to do impact work, which basically means running around the court and hitting the ball for three months," she said. "But he's been hitting against a wall, he's been hitting a little bit from a static position."

Ahead of his first round match in Melbourne, the three-time grand slam champion tearfully announced that he was considering retirement following Wimbledon.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14:  Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning the third set in his first round match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during day one of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)In March, the former world No. 1 said chances of him featuring in the Wimbledon singles draw were "less than 50%."

Recently, however, Murray has been showing signs of recovery on social media, sharing posts of him playing golf and videos of him hitting against a wall.

Although British tennis fans would love for Murray to feature at SW19, it could very well be on the doubles court, with a view to returning to singles at a later date.

Judy stressed it was still early days for her son, but he wouldn't be the first player to return from this kind of surgery which involves smoothing the ball of the hip joint and resurfacing it with a metal cap.

Bob Bryan, one of the most successful doubles players of all time, had the same operation and returned five months later alongside his brother Mike. However no singles player has come back to play at the top level of the game.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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