Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Australian Open 2018: Andy Murray pulls out due to hip injury

Australian Open 2018: Andy Murray pulls out due to hip injury

Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka haven't played since Wimbledon nearly six months ago, while Nadal also withdrew from this week's Brisbane International after canning a Christmas training block in Majorca.

Ivan Lendl has departed, and had become increasingly detached over the past 12 months when physical problems set in (Murray had shingles and an elbow problem before the hip issue surfaced).

This is the second Slam in a row that Murray has had to withdraw from, having pulled out of the US Open days before it started.

" The little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and compete".

He added: "I genuinely miss it so much and I would give anything to be back out there".

The Australian Open starts on 15 January.

Surgery on his injured hip is now a real possibility, but would leave Murray, 30, facing another agonising lengthy spell away from action.

He is desperate to avoid surgery, saying the chances of a "successful outcome are not as high as I would like".

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"However this is something I may have to consider but let's hope not. He'll be ready", Tiley said.

"With most of those players not playing or potentially coming back form injury in their first tournament, you never know how the body is going to respond", American Steve Johnson said after arriving in Auckland for next week's men's ASB Classic. I would love it to be No. 1-in-the-world level, but I just want to play. "The most important thing will be to get some physio treatment, have a good night's sleep, and see where to take it from there".

On Decemeber 27 Murray seemed to make light of his injury worries by commenting on a Twitter poll that 45 per cent of fans doubting he would make it on court in Melbourne.

But Murray's style is vastly different to Federer's and the fact that both Nadal and Novak Djokovic are facing their own ongoing struggles to coax their battle-weary bodies through the toils of the modern tennis season, demonstrates just how hard any road to recovery will be.

Williams said after her loss to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko: "I don't know if I am totally ready to come back on the tour yet". Kei Nishikori has already pulled out.

All five are still entered in the Australian Open, but only Raonic was scheduled to play a warm-up tournament, the Brisbane International.

The British number one had looked in fine form, particularly in the first set, but will now turn her attention to getting fit for the Australian Open later this month. Murray, whose 2016 season was cut short by a hip injury, is not yet content with where is rehab is, so he will not be playing in Melbourne.

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