By Ros Satar
- Tennis Australia announce that Andy Murray’s comeback is on hold
- Murray suffers setback which rules him out of the season opening ATP Cup
- Five-time Australian Open finalist will also skip first Slam of the year.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – World No. 1 and five-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray will skip the Australian swing with an injury setback.
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Murray out of ATP Cup and Australian Open
Andy Murray will not be making a triumphant comeback in Australia, having suffered an injury setback. Murray, who played in the new Davis Cup Finals format just once for Great Britain was set to be part of the British team in the new inaugural ATP Cup, having secured Britain’s place in the new event purely on his protected ranking of World No. 2.
The current British Nos. 1 and 2, Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie will now pick up the reigns, after a pelvic injury and although Murray is reported to be back on court in training, the decision has been made not to rush back into competition.
In a statement issued by Tennis Australia, Murray said: I’ve worked so hard to get myself into a situation where I can play at the top level and I’m gutted I’m not going to be able to play in Australia in January.
“After the AO this year, when I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to play again, I was excited about coming back to Australia and giving my best, and that makes this even more disappointing for me.
“Unfortunately I’ve had a setback recently and as a precaution, need to work through that before I get back on court competing.”
In the build up to both the much-hyped inaugural ATP Cup and the Australian Open, Tennis Australia have been looking forward to Murray’s return after the emotional press conference and hard fought first round match at the Australian Open last year, where the organisers put together a farewell video for Murray at the end.
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Later in 2019, Murray made a triumphant comeback after hip-resurfacing surgery, winning the doubles title at Queen’s Club, before winning the title in Antwerp at the end of the season.
Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said: “I know how excited Andy was about coming back to compete in Australia in January, and how disappointed he is not to make it for 2020.
“Andy’s last match at the Australian Open was a five-set roller coaster that none of us who witnessed it will ever forget. His determination and iron will was on display for all to see, and it’s that fighting spirit that has driven him to come back from a potentially career-ending injury to achieve the results he has this year.
“Although we will miss him in January, we wish him all the very best for his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on court very soon.”
There are hopes Murray will instead target the indoor season that follows the Australian Open, and his first tournament is scheduled to be in Montpellier in February.
The ATP Cup begins in January with Britain facing Bulgaria in Sydney.
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