Andy Murray Arrives In Brisbane, Will He Play?
by Tom Gainey | December 30th, 2017, 10:59 am

While rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori pulled out of their first ATP stops, Andy Murray is forging onward and will at least be on site in Brisbane.

The Scot who is recovering from a hip injury, has a first round bye before facing the Ryan Harrison-Leonardo Mayer winner. But he didn’t look great during an exo set against Roberto Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi, leaving some concern if he would be ready for an official match next week.

“I felt better as it went along, but I’ll need to keep improving for sure,” Murray said of the 6-2 loss to the Spaniard. “It was a bit slow at the start. When you haven’t competed for a long while it takes time to get back up to that pace.”

Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed along with Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios. The tournament earlier lost Nadal (knee) and Nishikori (wrist) to injury.

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9 Comments for Andy Murray Arrives In Brisbane, Will He Play?

Connie Says:

The one-set shoot-out where he lost to Bautista-Agut isn’t that significant in the scheme of things. Let’s face it – would anyone have expected Andy to actually win a match at this early stage?? Recovery takes time – and it could be a few months yet before he is fit and ready for the bigger challenges. Meanwhile, I wish him well with his recovery and good luck for the new season!

j-kath Says:

Connie: Great to read support for Andy….pretty thin on the ground. However, what remains worrying is that Andy’s problem is not simply “being rusty” but he’s still struggling with a level of disablement…..will playing help or hinder?

Willow Says:

J-Kath im sure Andy will be just fine, i believe hes just rusty, i wasnt expecting him to knock himself out against RBA, after all he hasnt played for months, at the moment hes getting used to playing again ….

AndyMira Says:

Agree with u willow….Andy himself is very determined & very positive re.his condition…I am very sure if he feels the pain & thinks that is very dangerous for him to play..he will not come to Australia with the intention to play…He just stay home & continue with his rehab..

Actually,he NEEDS to play…needs to play against a very high quality opponents in a real match to see where he’s at in terms of injury & he and his team will evaluate everythings later on…We will know for sure next week how his conditions really is whether positive or negative…But from his & Jamie Delgado’s words…everythings looks very positive so far…It’s natural if there is rustiness or footwork not as good as we expected..after all,Andy just like a baby who just learn how to walk in their 1st will take time…

I can’t wait to see him play…and Rrrafa of coz!!

j-kath Says:

Andy says he’s feeling rested and healthy with everything but his hip and he hopes it won’t trouble him. Willow – I think he’s playing tomorrow……

Margot Says:

Just heard Andy has withdrawn and is now contemplating surgery.

Kath: :'(

Madmax Says:


I am so sorry to hear this. It’s horrible news. I am gutted for you. I mean that. We have all been waiting for his return, to rejoin the greats, I expect you to be the source of knowledge here, and I hope for some great news about his recovery. Don’t be despondent for too long. Try at least. All I can say is that I remember how I felt last July with Fed. Beyond despair, but miracles do happen Margot. They just do.
Let’s see what the experts say and as it will be money no object for Andy in terms of the recovery process, he will get the best advice, help and recovery. That is something to be happy about. Remember Fed was out for more than 6 months, Rafa has been out for more than 8 months at a time, so let’s use this as a springboard for hope.

Keep us posted Margot.

Margot Says:

Well that was a kinder post Madmax, but the other one….! Andy relies on fantastic movement to implement his game and believe me, the situation is serious.

j-kath Says:

Yes, Margot….heard it on TV news 8 oclock this morning…..lots of articles on it….loved Andy’s young boy picture. Alas, Andy knows a hip operation may not solve the problem…’s
Hobson’s Choice – damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

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