Andy Murray fought back tears after his 6-3, 6-4 win against James Duckworth in the first round of the Brisbane International on Tuesday. The three-time grand slam champion, who made a comeback win after a hip surgery said he did not know how much longer he would be able to play tennis.
“It’s been a really hard 18 months, a lot of ups and downs. It has been tricky to just get back on the court competing again,” said an emotional Murray after his win.
Former World No 1 Murray went under the knife last year and missed three of the four Grand Slam events in 2018. His ATP ranking dropped to the 240th place after he returned to the court last June and played just 12 complete matches.
The 31-year-old Briton needed 90 minutes to beat Duckworth and broke his opponent three times on the new year day. He will play No 4 seed and ranked 16 in the world Russian Daniil Medvedev in the second round.
Murray withdrew from the Brisbane International and Australian Open last year due to hip injury. He won only five in 12 matches in 2018 before withdrawing from the rest of the year’s games. Out of the five wins, only two of them were against top-20 players.
Murray is considered one of the most prominent persons in the UK sports history as he is the only tennis player from the region to win Wimbledon twice during the reign of the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal.