Australian Open 2018: Andy Murray pulls out due to hip injury

Australian Open 2018: Andy Murray pulls out due to hip injury

Andy Murray has announced he has pulled out of the Australian Open with a hip injury.

The star has now pulled out of the Brisbane International played Down Under, seen as a warm-up to the Australian Open.

Murray recently penned an emotional post on his official Instagram account stating the nature of his injury and how he could undergo surgery as the last resort to treat his injury.

As reported by WTATennis.com, 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.

He added that the past six months - he has not competed since exiting Wimbledon in July - had reminded him just how much he loves the game. "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'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'll be ready", Tiley said.

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Murray's plight has not just been felt by fans and fellow players, but also by members of the tennis media who speculate that this could spell a sad end to a magnificent career on court. I don't mind if it's 30 in the world level.

Of course, if surgery was successful the former world No 1 could return but whether he could again challenge for the top titles or ever again reach the peak of the rankings is debatable. When that's taken away from you, you realise how important it is.

While he has always been at the summit of the sport, injuries have threatened to curtail Murray's stint at the highest level as of late.

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 enormous 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. He lost in straight sets to Alex De Minaur, 18, in the second round Wednesday.

Now go forward to the year 2045 and Roger Federer is still playing.

The British number one had looked in fine form, particularly in the first set, but will now turn her attention to getting fit for the Australian Open later this month.

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

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