Andy Murray made it official Thursday pulling out of the Australian Open due to his hip injury.
“Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete,” Murray said in a statement. “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.”
Murray had earlier said he would stay until the weekend in Australia, and then decide. But the Scot boarded a plane to London around noon in Brisbane.
This will be the first time Murray will miss the Australian Open, where he has finished runner-up five times.
Murray’s last match was a shock loss in the Wimbledon quarterfinals to Sam Querrey. With potential hip surgery looming, there is concern not only when he will return – if he does undergo surgery – but also what kind of careeer he will have left.
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