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Murray declares himself 'pain-free and happy'

Andy Murray (AP)
Andy Murray (AP)

Cape Town - An upbeat Andy Murray has revealed he is "pain-free, happy and enjoying my life", although he doesn't know yet if he will return to competitive tennis.

The three-time Grand Slam champion announced at the start of the year that he would retire after this year's Wimbledon as his long-standing hip injury had become too painful.

He underwent hip resurfacing surgery a few weeks later, but admitted that the Australian Open may well have been his last tournament.

However, he has since taken tentative steps forward in recent weeks and released videos in which he gently hit tennis balls against a court while his mother Judy published a clip of her son playing golf.

The former world No 1 was the official starter for Sunday's London Marathon and before the gun went off he revealed he is no longer in pain.

"I have been hitting the ball from a stationary position but I haven't been doing any movement," he told BBC Sport.

"I don't feel any pressure to get playing again but if my body will allow, I will try.

"The hip is really good and there is no pain any more. I'm just a bit weak from the incision in the operation," he said.

"I'm pain-free, happy and enjoying my life."

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