*** Andy Murray withdrew from the Brisbane International on Tuesday and is considering hip surgery, he revealed in a poignant Instagram post. The 30-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 sounds uncertain about his future on the tennis court. The Australian Open begins Jan. 15. Murray, who has not played since July, is currently ranked No. 16 in the world. “I’ve obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought counsel from a number of hip specialists,” he wrote. “Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open, I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try to get back on the court competing.
Murray: “Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete. I’ll be flying home shortly to assess all the options.”Good luck for the rest of ‘18, @andy_murray, you’ll be missed! https://t.co/yzRIypFXM7 — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 4, 2018