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Brisbane | Murray pulls out as Edmund goes through

Brisbane | Murray pulls out as Edmund goes through
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Andy Murray has finally decided that he will not be playing at the Brisbane International event and has pulled out giving rise to speculation as to whether he will make the Australian Open itself.

He has not played a match since Wimbledon and on the few occasions that he has been seen in exhibition events, he is still obviously carrying a hip injury which is evident when he walks.

I’m very disappointed to be withdrawing from the Brisbane International. I came here with every intention of making a strong start to the year, but sadly my team and I don’t feel that I’m where I need to be just yet to compete at the highest level.

Andy Murray

He was due to play his first match on Thursday having been given a first round bye but he has decided he needs more time.

In a statement he said:

“I’m very disappointed to be withdrawing from the Brisbane International. I came here with every intention of making a strong start to the year, but sadly my team and I don’t feel that I’m where I need to be just yet to compete at the highest level.

“I have great memories of playing here in Brisbane and I have always enjoyed competing in front of the Queensland fans, so look forward to returning in the near future.”

He has previously ruled out hip surgery to correct that long-standing hip issue preferring to focus on rest and rehabilitation.

He now joins Novak Djokovic who has also withdrawn from his opening tournaments as his elbow injury remains a problem. The Serb as also not played since Wimbledon.

Both players are in the starting line-up for the first major in Melbourne which starts on January15, but whether they will actually make the starting line is doubtful.

On a brighter note, Kyle Edmund defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-7(5) 7-6(4) 6-4 to reach the second round.

The 22-year-old Brit saved five of six break points to prevail in two-hours and 30-minutes to level their head-to-head record at 2-all, sealing his victory with his fifth ace.

He will next face the NextGen champion, HyeonChung who upset fifth seed Gilles Muller 6-3 7-6(1).








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