Andy Murray is likely to join the list of top players who have shut it down for 2017. Already done for the year are Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Serena Williams. Now Murray says his ongoing hip issues will likely end his season.
His note today on Facebook:
“Just wanted to update you all on my injury and the rest of my season.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete in the upcoming events in Beijing and Shanghai, and most likely, the final two events to finish the season in Vienna and Paris due to my hip injury which has been bothering me the last few months.
“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.
“Although this has been a frustrating year on court for many reasons, I’m confident after this extended period of rest and rehabilitation that I will be able to reach my best level again and be competing for Grand Slam titles next season.
“I will be beginning my 2018 season in Brisbane in preparation for the Australian Open and I’m look forward playing in Glasgow later this year against Roger for UNICEF UK and Sunny-sid3up.
“I have a fantastic team working alongside me to help me through this process and appreciate the support from them and all of my fans over this difficult period.”
Murray’s hip has been an issue since his semifinal loss to Stan Wawrinka at the French Open, he said 10 days when he withdrew from the US Open.
Murray, who finished 2016 No. 1, currently sits 9th in the ATP Race but finish the year around No. 15 should he not play the rest of the season. Both he and Djokovic will be seeded outside the Top 10 at the Australian Open.
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