Andy Murray will take time out of the game to fully recover from his hip injury
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Andy Murray has admitted he is unlikely to play again this season due to his ongoing hip problem.
The British number one and world number two was forced to withdraw from the US Open due to the injury that has hampered him since Wimbledon.
Murray struggled with the problem throughout this year’s tournament at SW19 and, despite attempting to power through the pain, it led to him being knocked out at the quarter-final stage by American Sam Querrey in five sets.
The Scot was likely to defend his ATP World Tour Finals title in London in November, but has now confirmed he will now take some time out to recover in time for next season.
Murray said in a post on his official Facebook page: “Although this has been a frustrating year on court for many reasons, I’m confident after this extended period of rest and rehabilitation that I will be able to reach my best level again and be competing for Grand Slam titles next season.”
Read the statement in full below:
Murray spent the six weeks since his Wimbledon exit looking to regain fitness in time for the US Open.
He tested out his problematic hip during a week of training at Flushing Meadows but was eventually forced to concede defeat and withdrew from the competition after the draw had been made.
Murray is hoping that extended rehabilitation offers the best route back to action rather than surgery – a possibility that had been floated.
Despite having not played since Wimbledon the injury has failed to settle, but the Scot went under the knife to correct a back problem in 2013 and it took him time to recover top form.
There is no mention in the statement of the ATP Finals in London in November, but Murray’s ninth-place position in the Race to London standings and withdrawal from at least two further events effectively rule him out.
Murray was replaced as world number one by Rafael Nadal last month, losing the position he has held since usurping Novak Djokovic in November.