Andy Murray has returned to a tennis court two months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery, fuelling rumours of a return at Wimbledon.
The 31-year-old has not played competitively since his first-round exit at the Australian Open in January.
After undergoing surgery, he said last month he was now ‘pain free’ and could possibly play at Wimbledon.
While an appearance would further embarrass Australian tennis officials after they wished Murray a happy retirement following his defeat, it would delight the tennis world all the same.
On Tuesday, Murray hinted at his unlikely return with an appearance in a short video on Instagram.
In a light exercise, he hit the ball against a wall on an outdoor court.
“It’s a start,” his caption read.
— The Tennis Podcast (@TennisPodcast) April 1, 2019
Just almost cried at a video of Andy Murray hitting a tennis ball against a wall. That's where I'm at right now.
— Not Seth (@guestofseth) April 1, 2019
Murray has said he was not sure he could play in the singles draw at Wimbledon, a tournament he has won twice.
Instead, he has reportedly targeted the doubles event at this year’s tournament to ease the stress on his hip.
He has refused to publicly rule out such a decision but his latest video suggests it is a serious possibility, with three months till the major opens.
Murray has previously compared his situation to that of American doubles player Bob Bryan, who returned to the court five and a half months after a similar procedure.
A potential return at the Wimbledon doubles tournament would take place six months after Murray’s operation.
Federer’s insane feat in Miami triumph
Was this the most dominant display of Roger Federer’s 1460-match career?
Some astonishing stats from his 6-1 6-4 thrashing of John Isner in the Miami Open final suggest it could very well be.
At the very least, it was one of his most dominant serving displays.
Federer lost just three of 35 service points against Isner – the equal-fewest he’s ever lost in 1460 matches at tour level.
He also lost just three service points against Ivo Karlovic in Miami in 2014, however in that match Federer actually played 17 more service points.
It was also the fewest service points he’s lost in 154 career finals.