Andy Murray likely to miss remaining season due to hip injury

Ruben Hill
September 6, 2017

"Having consulted with a number of leading hip specialists over the last week, along with my own team, we have decided that this is the best decision for my long-term future", Murray added.

In a statement posted on social media, Murray said he will begin his 2018 season at the Brisbane International, starting on 1 January, in preparation for the Australian Open, which begins on 15 January, following a "frustrating year on court for many reasons".

The world number two has ruled himself out of the forthcoming ATP Tour events in Beijing and Shanghai and also expects to sit out the final two tournaments in Vienna and Paris.

The hip complaint emerged during Murray's quarter-final defeat to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon and he has not played since, withdrawing from the US Open in August, with the issue apparently proving hard to shake off. Now Murray says his ongoing hip issues will likely end his season.

In a statement on his Facebook page Murray thanked his team and his fans for their support over what have been a hard last few months.

The men's game is now beset by a glut of injuries to big-name players, with Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic all missing from the ongoing US Open in NY.

The back operation Murray had four years ago was a success but it took him a year to return to his best, and with the benefits of hip surgery far from guaranteed, rest and rehabilitation is the chosen course.

Murray announced over the summer that he would take on Federer in an exhibition match in Glasgow on November 7, with all proceeds going to charity, and will go ahead with the game despite being sidelined from competitive action.

Murray and Djokovic, both 30, aren't exactly old by any standard but prolonged breaks are hard to come back in the hyper competitive sport of tennis, for the next-generation of stars seems ready to step up to the plate in their absence.

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