Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Former Pro Jeff Salzenstein Says Andy Murray Could Have Avoided Hip Injury

Former Pro Jeff Salzenstein Says Andy Murray Could Have Avoided Hip Injury

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray and Japan's Kei Nishikori pulled out of the Australian Open yesterday as a host of top names battle to be fit for the year's first grand slam.

"Sadly I won't be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete", the three-time grand slam champion Murray said.

The 30-year-old's withdrawal was confirmed by Australian Open organisers who published a statement from the Scot on the tournament's Twitter account on Thursday.

The five-time finalist at Melbourne Park will not be the only notable absentee at the Australian Open.

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Murray added that he appreciated all the supportive messages he has received regarding his injury and hopes to "be back playing soon".

Earlier in the week, Wimbledon champion and world No. 2 Garbine Muguruza was forced to retire at Brisbane with leg cramps, though the Spaniard two-time grand slam victor accepted a wildcard to play in Sydney.

"I spoke to Novak and he's already got every hour of the day planned between when he arrives and the start of the Open, so he'll be ready", Tiley said. This is a very hard decision for Andy and we totally respect it. He said that the rehabilitation after surgery would mean Murray would spend even more time being inactive in the sport and that a full hip replacement would prevent him from performing at the same quality. Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as I high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that. I didn't realize until these last few months just how much I love this game", Murray posted "It's quite demoralizing when you get on the court it's not at the level you need it to be to compete at this level.

Since he made his firm statement of intent about his comeback plans almost two months ago, Murray has hobbled unconvincingly through an eight-game public workout against Roberto Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi last Friday and then on Tuesday to the office of Cameron Pearson, the tournament director of the Brisbane Open, to apologise for pulling out. He is now set to fly back to London from Australia so that he can "assess" the options he has for recovery.

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