Three-time Grand Slam champion and Britain’s Number 1 Tennis player, Andy Murray has pulled out of the Australian Open after failing to recover from an ongoing hip injury.
The 30 year old scor has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon in July 2017 which has seen him slip to 16th in the rankings since he was beaten by America’s Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarter-finals last summer. He attempted to return at the US Open in August but pulled out two days before the start of the tournament.
“Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete,” Murray said.
“I’ll be flying home shortly to assess all the options but I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope to be back playing soon,” he added.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said: “We are fully aware that Andy has been going through a difficult period with his hip and that he’s done everything possible to prepare for the Australian summer.
Andy Murray is set to return home to the UK where he might have to consider surgery for the recurring injury as the Australian Open starts on 15 January.
The Scot’s most recent match was a one-set exhibition match against Roberto Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi last week.
He also played an exhibition match against Roger Federer in November, losing 6-3 3-6 10-6 to the 2017 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion.
Murray had hoped to make his return proper at this week’s Brisbane International tournament, but withdrew 48 hours before his first match with the American Ryan Harrison.