By Ros Satar
- Andy Murray withdraws from the Brisbane International
- Cites continued issues with right hip
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Andy Murray withdraws from the Brisbane International after concluding his hip is not ready for match conditions.
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Murray out of Brisbane
British No. 1 Andy Murray pulled out of the Brisbane tournament on Tuesday. The three-time Slam champion has dropped to World No. 16 and has not played on a tour-level event since July.
He was still seen visibly hobbling at his charity exhibition against Roger Federer in November, and played a single exhibition set at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships where he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut.
Although he benefited from a bye and looked to be placed on Thursday’s schedule he told reporters in a press conference that his right hip was still not ready for match-play.
In a statement released by the tournament, he said:
“I’m very disappointed to be withdrawing from the Brisbane International,” said Murray.
“I came here with every intention of making a strong start to the year, but sadly my team and I don’t feel that I’m where I need to be just yet to compete at the highest level.
“I have great memories of playing here in Brisbane and I have always enjoyed competing in front of the Queensland fans, so look forward to returning in the near future.”
What are his options?
He had previously ruled out hip surgery to correct a long standing issue he has had, preferring to focus on rest and rehabilitation.
In the week before the Australian Open, there is an exhibition match, but as he is missing match practice, then maybe he might consider asking for a wildcard into Sydney, as the only other option to have some match practice ahead of the start of the year.
Both Murray and Novak Djokovic have been off the court since Wimbledon last year, and Djokovic also withdrew from Doha where he was due to start his season.
At this time neither have pulled out of the Australian Open, but as it stands it does not good as it is unlikely either would participate if they did not believe they had a chance to perform well.
The Australian Open starts on 15 January.
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