London | Murray delays return again
Andy Murray has admitted that he will need longer to recover from the pelvic injury than he had first thought and has consequently delayed his return to the tour.
The bone bruising is taking longer to heal than first thought, so I won't be playing in Montpellier or Rotterdam in February Andy Murray
The 32-year-old former world No 1, who hasn’t played since the Davis Cup Finals in Spain last November, had hoped he would make his comeback at Montpellier or Amsterdam next month.
“I don’t want to rush anything or put a timeline on my recovery,” the three-time major champion told the press.
“I’m going to listen to my body and step back on the court to compete when the time is right.”
“The bone bruising is taking longer to heal than first thought, so I won’t be playing in Montpellier or Rotterdam in February.”
The injury picked up at the Davis Cup had already forced him to miss the Australian Open which starts on Monday where he had hoped to feature following his breakdown in Melbourne last year which he had thought was the end of the career, but a hip resurfacing operation a few weeks later has changed that.
But concerns over the fitness of the five-time losing Australian Open finalist were raised when he cancelled a scheduled block of training in Miami.
He started his return to action in June at the Queen’s Club grass-court event in London where he partnered with Spain’s Feliciano Lopez to win the men’s doubles.
Victory over fellow three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka in the final of the ATP Tour event in Antwerp in October was Murray’s first singles title in two years.
But he was injured during the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid and was forced to support the team make the semi-finals from the bench.