Andy Murray celebrates first individual victory after hip surgery at Challenger tournament in Mallorca
Andy Murray has celebrated the first individual victory since his second hip replacement surgery. The Briton won in the second-rate "Rafa Nadal Open" Challenger tournament in Mallorca in 42 minutes against the 17-year-old Frenchman Imran Sibille 6: 0, 6: 1.
To regain match practice after his long injury break, the former number one player in the tennis world had decided against a possible wildcard for the US Open. Instead, he wants to get back into shape at smaller tournaments.
The opposites of the two rivals were enormous: teenager Sibille has never been listed in the singles world rankings and has won $ 150 in prize money so far in his career, with two defeats in doubles on the third-rate ITF tour. Murray's tournament revenue is more than $ 61 million.
"I have to get a little bit faster"
The 32-year-old Murray, who had been used at the beginning of the year an artificial hip joint, denies in Mallorca his first Challenger tournament since 2005.
Murray had made his comeback in the doubles in London in early June, in August he was first in two singles (against Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati and Tennys Sandgren in Winston-Salem) on the court. Both times he was a loser from the place in the world rankings he slipped to 328th place.
"I have to get a little faster and get more match practice before I can keep up with the level," Murray said. "That's why I decided to go down a level." He was told that after 12 months he would still see progress.