There is some anxious waiting ahead for fans of Andy Murray, after the former World Number One threw nearly his entire season into doubt by announcing his hip injury was no better, and he was going under the knife.
Murray had resisted the surgery all through 2017, but faced with the possibility his career might be over he has reluctantly decided to go for what he jokingly called the "nuclear" option.
Now 30 Murray has not played competitively for six months and failed to get into shape for the Australian Open. He limped at his last tounrament in Brisbane and now seems resigned to a period out of the game to recover.
Murray thanked the staff at a hospital in Melbourne where a specialist performed the surgery just hours after the Briton announced he would not be taking part in the Australian Open, the season's frst grand slam event.