ANDY Murray will put his “heart and soul” into trying to return to professional tennis, his mother Judy has said.

The Scot had hip surfacing surgery at the end of January in a final throw of the dice to try to overcome the problem that first became a serious issue in the summer of 2017.

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The operation was performed primarily to improve his quality of life, with the former world No 1 revealing he struggled simply to put on his socks and shoes.

However, it might also allow the 31-year-old to return to the sport’s top level. Speaking to Sky Sports, his mother said: “He is doing pretty well. It is not that long since he had the operation and time will tell. Nobody knows how he is going to recover in the longer term. He is in a good place mentally and we just keep our fingers crossed. But I tell you, if anybody can do it he can because he will put his heart and soul into it like he does with everything.”

Murray announced at a highly emotional press conference ahead of the Australian Open in January that he planned to retire after Wimbledon this summer but was more hopeful after playing five sets in an eventual defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.

No player has come back from the same operation to play singles at elite level.