Andy Murray opens up on Australian Open injury decision with emotional message | Tennis | Sport

2 months ago

Murray lost in the Wimbledon quarter-final last year, going down to America’s Sam Querrey in five sets while struggling with mobility.

It ended up being the Brit’s last match of the season and in an exhibition set he played last week in Abu Dhabi, he still appeared to be struggling with the problem.

Murray this morning pulled out of the Brisbane International, his final preparation for the Australian Open and has revealed he is considering his options in the short and long term.

“I’ve obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists,” Murray said on Facebook.

“Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing.

“Having played practice sets here in Brisbane with some top players unfortunately this hasn’t worked yet to get me to the level I would like so I have to reassess my options.

“Obviously continuing rehab is one option and giving my hip more time to recover.

“Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as I high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that.

“However this is something I may have to consider but let’s hope not.”

Murray is a five-time finalist at the Australian Open and will be hopeful of making the tournament on January 15, especially given the number of players also struggling with injuries.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are both doubtful for the competition while Stan Wawrinka has not played since having knee surgery last year.

But most of all, Murray appears desperate just to get back out on court on a regular basis.

“I genuinely miss it so much and I would give anything to be back out there,” Murray added.

“I didn’t realise until these last few months just how much I love this game.

“Every time I wake up from sleeping or napping i hope that it’s better and it’s quite demoralising when you get on the court it’s not at the level you need it to be to compete at this level.

“In the short term I’m going to be staying in Australia for the next couple of days to see if my hip settles down a bit and will decide by the weekend whether to stay out here or fly home to assess what I do next.

“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 inside.”