When Will Grand Slam Champs Williams & Murray Return?
March 9, 2018
Grand slam champs Serena Williams and Andy Murray have been absent from the court action for some time already. Although Williams made a brief comeback at an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in December last year, both she and Murray missed out on the Australian Open 2018.
Murray is currently in rehab after going under the knife on Jan. 8 to correct his hip injury while Williams is working to get back to top form after giving birth. Can the top-ranking tennis players be fit enough to play competitively by June for the Roland Garros, the Wimbledon, and the US Open?
Serena William Takes Time to Bounce Back After Pregnancy
Despite being the sportsbook’s favored player in the women’s round in Australian Open, Williams pulled out from the tournament at the last minute. She said her body was not yet firing on all cylinders at that time and was evident during an exhibition doubles match with her sister Venus in Abu Dhabi last December. The pair lost, 6-2, 6-3.
In a recent Vogue magazine interview in January, Williams revealed that she experienced complications while giving birth. She needed to undergo a C-section procedure to deliver Alexis. Because of the surgery, blood clots appeared in her lungs. Another surgery is needed to place a filter into her major vein to prevent clots from entering her lungs.
William’s comeback will be a major challenge. Fortunately, it is one she is keen on taking. Williams was named to be in the US squad that played in the Fed Cup. Despite the loss, this helped her with the transition to competitive tennis. Roland Garros may not seem that far off for Williams if she continues to find her top form before June.
Andy Murray Still on the Road to Recovery from Hip Surgery
Last year’s Wimbledon was the last time Murray was at the top of his game. Afterward, a career-endangering hip injury pulled down his chances to win any Grand slam for the rest of the year. He tried to rest for an extensive period of time and went through rehab. But the pain still forced him to pull out of a tour.
On Jan. 8, Murray underwent a hip surgery in Brisbane. It is why he pulled out of the Brisbane International and Australian Open earlier this year. Fortunately, the surgery looks to be successful since he was told his hip felt better than last year.
“I went in at 7.30am [Melbourne time] and I woke up from the operation about 10.30am. I’m very optimistic because, having spoken to the surgeon, he was very happy about how it went. He felt my hip will be feeling better than it did a year ago. I was still doing fine a year ago, ranked No1 in the world.”
Murray is now ranked 29th with Kyle Edmund taking the No. 1 spot. Despite the large drop in the rankings, Murray will focus on recovery and will put all his efforts to win major events and tournaments. He plans to skip clay season to be at the top of his game for grass court season in July. Taking back the No. 1 spot is the least of Murray’s prioritize at this time.