At 9/1, British bookmakers are continuing to rank Andy Murray as one of the leading favourites for this year’s Wimbledon, despite an announcement by the Scot this afternoon that his next competitive game – his opening game against Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian Open which begins Monday – will likely be his last.
Murray has been complaining of hip pain for a number of years now but it appears that, despite recent surgery, playing at the highest level has become untenable for the 32 year old, whose world ranking has slipped to 230.
However, despite the announcement, it appears that bookies are continuing to hinge their prices on comments made by Murray’s team in relation to possible follow-up surgery.
Unconfirmed Suspicions of Osteoarthritis
Whilst Murray maintains that he is only envisaging such surgery in order to improve his general quality of life off the court, a number of tennis professionals have been known to return to the competitive circuit following similar “hip resurfacing” procedures.
However, according to the New Scientist, Murray’s age and specific complaints strongly imply that osteoarthritis is a factor in his condition – which has not formally been disclosed – suggesting that the Scot will likely be unable to extend his career sufficiently long enough to entertain a Wimbledon bow-out, which would be seen as a much more fitting end for a man who single-handedly revived British tennis on the international circuit.
Having failed to register victory in five previous Melbourne finals, Murray – who has won three Grand Slams and an Olympic Gold over the course of his 16 year career – is currently priced as a rank outsider at 50/1 to win the upcoming Australian Open.