Melbourne | Murray decides against playing
Andy Murray has finally reached a decision regarding the Australian Open following his withdrawal from Brisbane. Having considered his position over the last few days, he has reached the conclusion that he is not fit enough to play to the standards that he must reach to be in contention.
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 soonAndy Murray
It makes sense. Having had his 2017 season cut short by a hip injury at Wimbledon where he played his last professional match, the rehabilitation programme he has undergone since then has failed to return him to top physical shape.
It was evident from his recent Instagram message, that he is frustrated beyond measure at not being able to play the sport he loves.
“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.”
He says he will now be reviewing his options and though he decided early on that he would not undergo surgery to remedy the problem, it would seem that that is his only available option. The seriousness of the problem is not known and players have returned successfully following ‘hip’ operations. Lleyton Hewitt for instance, has had two but as he himself says, his problems may not have been as serious and were dealt with earlier.
The British No.1 and former world No.1, is now ranked 18 and by missing Melbourne where he has been a finalist five times, will drop into the 20s.
Murray’s timetable is now uncertain but he is hopeful of returning to the tour at some stage, hopefully sooner rather than later.
There was also news that Kei Nishikori would not be playing in Melbourne as he hasn’t fully recovered from a torn wrist tendon.
There was better news for the Aussie Open with news that Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were flying into Melbourne on the same day Murray was flying out.