However, a second hip operation in 2019 caused more setbacks for the player.
Speaking about his new metal hips Andy said: “Once I had the metal hip I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. There’s just — at times, I didn’t expect it to be quite like this.
“It’s either do it or stop playing, and I still want to keep playing. I just don’t enjoy it as much as maybe I did a few years ago.”
Putting aside his health and despair, Andy prepared to join the US Open once again.
However, the former world No1 was hit with more setbacks as he suffered a “freak” groin injury.