Former world number one Andy Murray has pulled out of this month’s Australian Open to completely focus on returning back to full fitness.
Murray, 30, has been battling with a troublesome hip injury and has not played a competitive match since last year’s Wimbledon Open.
The injury forced him to withdraw from the warm-up tournament for the Australian Open in Brisbane earlier this week before the latest news of his withdrawal from the Australian Open.
Announcing his decision via a short statement, Murray said: “Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete.”
“I’ll be flying home shortly to assess all the options but I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope to be back playing soon.” he further stated.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley added: “We are fully aware that Andy has been going through a difficult period with his hip and that he’s done everything possible to prepare for the Australian summer.”