Three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray has withdrawn from this month’s Australian Open due to a hip injury.
The British no. 1 player has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon and pulled out of the warm-up tournament in Brisbane earlier this week.
In a short statement, Murray said, “Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete.”
“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.”
The Australian Open tournament director, Craig Tiley added: “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.
“We wish him the absolute best on his road to recovery and look forward to having him back in Melbourne. He is a true champion and one of our favourites.”
Murray is now the second of big names to pull out of the first Grand Slam of the year, with Kei Nishikori having announced his withdrawal earlier today.
World no. 1, Rafael Nadal and super Serb, Novak Djokovic are still major doubts for the Australian Open which starts in 11 days’ time.