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Murray announces hip surgery, eyes grasscourt season

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announced he had hip surgery in today and is hoping to return to competitive in time for the grasscourt season midway through the year.

The 30-year-old Scot has not played competitively since being knocked out of quarter-finals last year and last week withdrew from this month's

"Today I underwent successful right at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne," the former world number one said on

"I'd like to thank Dr and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive during the grasscourt season. Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and support over the last few days. I'll come back from this."

The three-time Grand Slam champion, who dislodged Novak Djokovic from the top of the rankings towards the end of 2016, has slipped to 19th in the world due to his lengthy lay-off.

He first felt during his French Open semi-final loss to Swiss in June.

The grasscourt season starts after the French Open, with the first event taking place in Stuttgart, Germany, from June 11.

is a two-time winner and has been champion at Queen's in on five occasions, both of which are played on grass courts.

The reported that he hopes to be hitting balls on court in about seven or eight weeks and has been given a timescale of 14 weeks as a guide for a return.

But said he is not "interested in coming back for a specific tournament", in comments reported by the

"My plan is to be back playing around the grass-court season -- potentially before then -- but I'm certainly not going to rush anything," he said. "I want to know when I come back that I'm ready."

"The felt that my hip will be feeling better than it did a year ago," Murray added. "Obviously, I was still doing fine a year ago -- I was ranked number one in the world.

"I'm certainly not going to be putting in the same amount of tournaments and effort to try to get to number one in the world. I'll be playing a reduced schedule, and then focusing more on trying to win major events and big tournaments rather than trying to achieve certain ranking goals."

A host of top names are battling to be fit for the first Grand Slam of the year, which starts in on January 15.

Japan's has already pulled out and world number one and six-time champion Novak Djokovic remain huge doubts, having yet to play a competitive match this year.

Former champion and Canada's are also returning from but intend to play in

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 20:10 IST