The bad news are turning into heartbreak for Andy Murray.
On Tuesday, the Brisbane International has announced that the Scot was forced to withdraw. His hip was troubling him again.
“I’m very disappointed. I came here with every intention of making a strong start to the year but sadly my team and I don’t feel that I’m where I need to be just yet to compete at the highest level.”
– Andy Murray
The former number one was to make his long awaited comeback to competition on Wednesday. However, this new setback now makes his presence in Melbourne more in jeopardy than ever.
Sidelined since Wimbledon due to a hip injury, the Brit has tried to play at the U.S. Open a couple of months later. Despite his best efforts, he proved unable to play and pulled out shortly after the draw was made.
Since then, he has not played a match and has twice briefly took to the court again. The first time has been in an exhibition match, in Glasgow, with Roger Federer. The second happened a few days ago, in Abu Dhabi, where he played an exhibition set against Roberto Bautista Agut, thus replacing Novak Djokovic, who had been forced to pull out due to elbow issues. (The Serbian has since had to withdraw from Doha.)
Murray’s emotional post
Following Brisbane’s announcement, Murray has taken to his social networks to make a very emotional post, in which he admits that a surgery might now be in the cards for him:
We feel his pain through his words, and we can only hope that his hip issues will, one way or another, soon be a thing of the past.