Murray has not played a competitive tennis match since July last year when he lost to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.
The Brit was clearly hampered by his hip in that match, was unable to train leading up to the tournament and he withdrew from the next month’s US Open on medical advice.
And having pulled out of the Australian Open, Murray reluctantly underwent surgery early this morning while still in Melbourne.
The 30-year-old’s operation was conducted by hip specialist Dr John O’Donnell, whom he has been seeing for nearly a decade, and today Murray posted a picture of himself in hospital, apparently upbeat despite facing a lengthy layoff.
“A little post op photo,” Murray said on Facebook.
“I’m feeling really positive and looking forward to starting rehab.
“Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and support the last few days.. It really helps.
“And everyone try and find a partner who looks at you the way [coach] Jamie Delgado looks at me.”
Murray had previously stressed that while the procedure was an option, he would rather find a non-surgical solution to the problem.
“I’ve obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists,” Murray wrote earlier this month.
“Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing.
“Having played practice sets here in Brisbane with some top players unfortunately this hasn’t worked yet to get me to the level I would like so I have to reassess my options.
“Obviously continuing rehab is one option and giving my hip more time to recover.
“Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as I high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that.
“However this is something I may have to consider but let’s hope not.”