Surgery should be last resort for Andy Murray, says Nick Kyrgios

PAUL NEWMAN
Battling the pain: Nick Kyrgios, receiving treatment in Brisbane today, has offered his sympathy to Andy Murray: Getty Images

Nick Kyrgios, who fights his own battles with a recurring hip problem, offered sympathy for Andy Murray and said he would contemplate surgery only as a final option.

“I don’t think anyone ever really wants to get cut open,” Kyrgios said at the Brisbane International. “That’s the absolute last resort. You don’t really know the success rate of anything like that. It’s tough, very scary.”

Murray, who has not played since limping out of Wimbledon six months ago, pulled out of the Brisbane International on Tuesday and admitted in an emotional post on Instagram that he might have to consider surgery on his right hip. However, he is still hoping to play in the Australian Open, which starts in 12 days’ time, and said he would make a decision by this weekend.

Kyrgios admitted that he was not usually a player you would expect to find in the gym but has worked hard to manage his injury, which has troubled him over the past 18 months. “It’s not comfortable,” he said. “I’ve been given a programme that I have to do pretty much every day and that’s all I kind of do in the gym.”

The world No 21 said that a hip injury was a particular problem for a player like Murray, who relies so much on his athleticism. “I think he’s one of the best athletes the game has ever seen,” Kyrgios said. “He’s going to have to get his hip right to get to the top of the sport again.”

Kyrgios and Murray are good friends, though the Australian admitted that he had turned down the Scot’s suggestion that they practise together this week.

“He was actually trying to organise a hit for me at 8am,” Kyrgios smiled. “I was like, ‘Andy, I’m not going to make that hit’. I offered him 9am — I thought 9am is pretty good — but he said 8am and I was like, ‘You’re going to have to find someone else.’ I saw him the next day and he told me he had pulled out, so the laughter didn’t last very long. It’s never good seeing a guy like that injured, especially because he’s so good for the sport and a good guy.”

The Australian was one of several players to express their sympathy for Murray. World No1 Rafael Nadal posted on Instagram: “Andy, we miss you and we hope to see you back soon! Get well my friend!”

Kyrgios added: “A lot of players commented because they all know that he’s a great guy. He’s always wondering how you are and how you’re going. I’m sure a lot of people want to see him back at the top of the game.”