Andy Murray is back to his old, happy self, at least from a court standpoint.
Andy Murray has recovered from surgery to repair his injured hip, according to The Independent. Murray was in New York for the U.S. Open women’s semifinals on Saturday, defeating American Tennys Sandgren 7-6, 6-3, 6-2, and said after the match that he was feeling “a lot better,” which came after he had to postpone his planned comeback at Wimbledon in the middle of the year.
What made his return all the more remarkable was that the 31-year-old Scot had trouble moving. His hip flared up during a November match against Tomas Berdych in Doha, Qatar, forcing him to retire in the second set. Murray made a sharp recovery in March, winning the Australian Open to claim his first championship, but revealed after his triumph that he had surgery on his ailing hip in July.
Against Sandgren, Murray was once again soundly beaten on serve. He lost the first two sets without breaking a sweat.
“The serve has probably been the weakest part of my game for a few years,” Murray told reporters in New York after his semifinal victory. “I just need to make the adjustment. It’s a long year.”
But there was a story behind Murray’s victory over Sandgren. His wife, Kim Sears, wore the wedding ring that was lost over the summer when she took the kids for the day and left it on the couch for a couple of hours. She found it under the pillow as soon as she returned home, and Murray found a way to triumph over the challenge that appeared to be losing the piece of jewelry in the midst of his recovery.
“As soon as I saw it go on the pillow, I thought, ‘I’m going to get that for my wife’s ring,’” Murray said. “Just to get that little piece of her back.”