Murray withdraws from Brisbane, Aus Open return in doubt

Kristopher Nichols
January 3, 2018

Former world number one Andy Murray said Sunday he was desperate to get back into competitive tennis after a five-month absence due to a debilitating hip injury.

Murray has not played a competitive match since losing to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July after a hip injury curtailed his 2017 season.

Murray played an exhibition set against Roberto Bautista Agut at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships to offer hope that he may be able to recover in time for the first Grand Slam of the year, but his withdrawal from Brisbane gives a greater indication of where he's at.

'I felt better as it went on, ' Murray said.

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"I'm aware of the situation at the end of past year (2017) especially because for tennis and the sport it's not good", Murray said of the injury situation. "The rest of my body feels really good". I would love it to be No 1, but I just want to play'. 'I've really missed it.

I'm very disappointed to be withdrawing from the Brisbane International.

Fellow "Big Four" members Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal remain doubtful to compete at Melbourne Park, while 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka is also set to be absent. "Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that".

In men's first-round matches in Brisbane, U.S. qualifier Michael Mmoh beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4, Chung Hyeon upset fifth-seeded Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-6 (1), Kyle Edmund rallied for a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Denis Shapovalov and Denis Istomin beat No. 7-seeded Damir Dzumhur 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2.

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