March 22, 2018

Murray withdraws from Australian Open

14 January 2018, 08:38 | Sandy Nunez

Andy Murray has promised to be a mentor to Katie Swan Credit getty images

Andy Murray has promised to be a mentor to Katie Swan
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" I just want to be able to play tennis".

However, his rehabilitation programme has not allowed him to recover fully and the 30-year-old may be forced to go under the knife in the near future.

Australian Open's tournament director Craig Tiley said he respected what was a "very hard decision for Andy".

Maclagan, who has also coached Australia's 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur, said Murray would have to adapt his style if he does undergo surgery.

"My rehab is going well but I am just not ready 100 per cent to come back yet in best-of-five set matches", Nishikori said. "I've obviously been going through a really hard period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists", Andy wrote, going on to explain that rehab and surgery are his two options.

The three-time Slam champion Murray hasn't played a competitive match ever since his Wimbledon title defence came crashing at the hands of Sam Querrey in five sets in the quarter-finals previous year.

Murray, who has not played competitive tennis since Wimbledon last year, was quoted by the BBC saying: "Sadly I won't be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete".

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.

It came to a predictable end when, having failed to turn up for a media appointment in Brisbane, it emerged that he was heading home via Melbourne, where the Australian Open will start a week on Monday without him. I didn't realise until these last few months just how much I love this game.

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"Sorry for the long post but I wanted to keep everyone in the loop and get this off my chest as it's really hurting".

Murray will have to wait to chase his first Aussie Open title.

Djokovic is yet to decide if he'll play in Melbourne.

Right hips are claiming British players left and right, as Andy Murray withdraws from the Australian Open, and Johanna Konta retires in the Brisbane quarter-final.

There's also doubt over Serena Williams' title defense.

Djokovic said: "Andy, thank you for genuinely sharing your thoughts and emotions with everyone. He said he was exhausted, so could come back with a fresh mentality".

"I still believe she will be".

Swan, who is now ranked No 300 in the world, finished 2017 with three ITF titles to her name, gleaned from events at Portugual and Sharm-El-Sheikh, and has already illustrated her clear potential.

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