SHEFFIELD’S Jonny Marray will be forced to delay an operation on a sports hernia.
Marray, aged 32, the Wimbledon doubles champion from last summer with Denmark’s Freddie Nielsen, has been bothered by the injury since resuming training for the 2013 season.
He planned to have a minor operation after the Australian Open but the surgeon is on holiday leaving Marray to play through the pain until the next break in his schedule.
“It’s frustrating but the lady who is the only person who performs these procedures has gone on annual leave for three weeks,” he told The Star.
“I’m still able to play and although I’m just short of 100 per cent fit it isn’t affecting my spring or power.
“It’s more of a problem with the stiffness it is causing around the area. This would have been the ideal time to have it sorted so I’ll have to check the calendar to work out when to get it done.”
Marray is certain to have resolved the problem before the French Open at the end of May by which time his new partnership with Colin Fleming should be in full flow.
The pair - ranked Britain’s No 1 and No 2 respectively - have teamed up after Fleming’s regular partner Ross Hutchins announced this month he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has already started treatment to combat the disease.
Marray is ranked 18th in the world and Fleming, aged 28, 26th. By partnering each other they will be able to play in all ATP events, including Masters Series, and Grand Slams.
It’s likely that the duo, who could be Great Britain’s doubles team for the Davis Cup clash with Russia in April, will play together for the first time at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
The ATP 500 Series event starts on February 11.
Fleming has already agreed to play with someone else at the ATP 250 Series tournament in Montpellier, France, on February 4.
Marray said: “I may try and play there (Montpellier) or in Zagreb (PBZ Zagreb Indoors) but I’ll see how I am.
“Obviously it (the decision to partner Fleming) isn’t the ideal circumstances for it to happen because of Ross’s illness but we’ve talked about it and it makes sense.”
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