January 23, 2019

Murray withdraws from Australian Open

14 January 2018, 10:32 | Anna Jefferson

GETTYAndy Murray and Novak Djokovic are both battling injuries off the court

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic

And, like Murray, Serb Djokovic hasn't played since July after taking time off due to an elbow problem. Murray, now ranked 16th in the world, attempted a return at the US Open in August but pulled out two days before the start of the tournament.

As reported by, Konta said, after the match: "I don't feel too comfortable saying really too much because, actually, I don't know yet until tomorrow morning", the former Wimbledon semifinalist said after the match. "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".

Konta is scheduled to defend her title in Sydney, which starts next week, and the Australian Open begins on 15 January.

"I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope to be back playing soon", the two-time Wimbledon champion added.

HIS own immediate playing prospects may be the source of much concern right now as he ponders surgery to correct a chronic hip problem but Andy Murray yesterday made a further move towards life after tennis when he signed another promising young sporting talent to the roster of his new management agency, 77 Sports Management. He said that while surgery "is an option" the chances of a "successful outcome are not as high as I would like" and is hoping to avoid going under the knife. "She wants desperately to be here", Tiley said. I would love it to be No. 1-in-the-world level, but I just want to play. When that's taken away from you, you realise how important it is.

Andy Murray injury
GETTYAndy Murray trained in Brisbane this week but is yet to recover from his hip injury

"I do not know Murray or his family any better than the vast majority of those reading this, but I suspect I am not alone among Scots in having felt an additional, nearly personal connection to his career down the years", Ferrie writes.

Speaking to the ATP Tour's official website, he joked: "He [Murray] was actually trying to organise a hit for me at 8am, I said "Andy, I'm not going to make that hit". But, even with his vast battling qualities the injury to his right hip that had already reared its ugly head proved too tough to deal with as Querrey earned another SW19 shock with a quarter-final win over the defending champion.

His emotional post shows just how tough his injury rehabilitation training has been - as he could only watch on as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer swept all before them in 2017.

It set the wheels in motion for a gargantuan end to the year that saw the Briton surge to the top of the world rankings.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, who played a full schedule previous year after an injury-shortened 2016 season, withdrew from Brisbane before the draw was made.

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