Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Andy Murray withdraws from Australian Open with hip injury

Andy Murray withdraws from Australian Open with hip injury

The 28-year-old, who reached a career high world No. 4 in 2015, said in November he had chosen rehabilitation over surgery to fix the damage and was targeting a return to action at Brisbane.

"Sadly I won't be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete", Murray was quoted as saying.

Murray has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon last summer.

In an emotional social media post published earlier this week, Murray said he would consider going under the knife but added: "The chances of a successful outcome are not as high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that".

He also played Roger Federer in a charity exhibition match in Scotland in November, but his hopes of playing in the year's first grand slam nosedived when he withdrew from this week's Brisbane warm-up event.

Former world number one and six times Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has not played since a right elbow issue forced him to quit Wimbledon in the quarter-finals in July and has already cancelled scheduled appearances at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi and the Qatar Open in Doha.

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"Personally, I also know that Andy loves tennis and would do anything to play".

Australian Open's tournament director Craig Tiley said he respected what was a "very hard decision for Andy". "He is a true champion and one of our favourites". "Even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year".

"I am very sorry to announce that I will miss the Aussie Open this year", he said on his website of the opening Grand Slam of the year, starting in Melbourne on January 15.

"As of now, it's a bit of a waiting game".

"Every time I wake up from sleeping or napping I hope that it's better and it's quite demoralising when you get on the court [and] it's not at the level you need it to be".

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