By Ros Satar
- Andy Murray posts an emotional Instagram message to fans
- Surgery on hip may still have to be an option
- Will make decision on Australian Open in a couple of days
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Andy Murray posted a heart-felt and emotional Instagram message after his withdrawal from the Brisbane International.
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Just want to play tennis and compete’
In the wake of Andy Murray pulling out of Brisbane, he posted a long and moving Instagram post of him as a little boy.
He has been desperate to try and get on the court and shortly after his withdrawal from the Brisbane International, where he had been hoping to get some matches under his belt, he took to social media for a long, emotional update, including a picture of him as a little schoolboy in Dunblane.
Murray’s Instagram in full
Hey everyone.. Just wanted to write a little message on here for anyone interested in what in going through right now. Firstly I want to apologise to @brisbanetennis for withdrawing at late notice and to everyone who wanted to come along to watch me play(or lose😇) The organisers couldn’t have been more understanding and supportive and I’ll always remember that. Thank you. I’ve obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists. Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing. Having played practice sets here in Brisbane with some top players unfortunately this hasn’t worked yet to get me to the level I would like so I have to reassess my options. Obviously continuing rehab is one option and giving my hip more time to recover. Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as I high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that. However this is something I may have to consider but let’s hope not. I choose this pic as the little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and Compete.. I genuinely miss it so much and i would give anything to be back out there. I didn’t realise until these last few months just how much I love this game. Everytime I wake up from sleeping or napping i hope that it’s better and it’s quite demoralising when you get on the court it’s not at the level you need it to be to compete at this level. In the short term I’m going to be staying in Australia for the next couple of days to see if my hip settles down a bit and will decide by the weekend whether to stay out here or fly home to assess what I do next. Sorry for the long post but I wanted to keep everyone in the loop and get this off my chest as it’s really hurting inside. Hope to see you back on the court soon 🎾😢❤️
Murray Injury Timeline
- July 2017 – struggling physically as he loses a tough five-set quarter-final against Sam Querrey at Wimbledon
- August 2017 – pulls out of the Cincinnati Masters, and then subsquently withdraws late at the US Open
- November 2017 – Plays against Roger Federer in Andy Murray Live charity exhibition match, and also plays doubles with brother Jamie Murray but still hobbling a little
- December 2017 – Announces he will train at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, and steps in for a single-set exhibition match against Roberto Bautista Agut – he loses but remains upbeat for the cameras.
- January 2018 – Arrives in Brisbane to train for the upcoming tournament where he was the No. 2 seed, but pulls out. Pens heartfelt message to fans on Instagram.
Murray will make a decision in the next couple of days as to whether he will try and compete at the Australian Open within the next couple of days
The Australian Open begins on 15 January.
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