Andy Murray out of Australian Open with hip injury

Australian Open 2018 Andy Murray withdraws says he's not ready to compete'

Former world number one Andy Murray will miss this month's Australian Open after failing to recover from the hip injury that has kept him out of action for almost six months.

The 30-year-old had already pulled out of the Brisbane International event but has now announced he will play no part in the first grand slam of 2018, which starts in Melbourne on January 15.

And world No 21 Kyrgios, who is a close friend of Murray's, has been left crestfallen by the news and hopes he will not have to go under the knife in order to resolve the problem.

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

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

The British tennis superstar cut short his 2016 campaign with a hip injury, and recently withdrew from the ATP 250 tournament (and Australian Open tuneup) in Brisbane, Australia. "It was nice. I was planning on stopping here for a couple of days on the way over to Australia to get some practice in with the guys here", the Daily Expess quoted Murray, as saying.

Asian No. 1 Nishikori said his rehab had been "going well but I am just not ready 100 percent to come back yet in best of five set matches". (He has appeared in a few exhibition matches since then.) It was evident that the Brit was bothered by his hip in that match, as he limped to the finish with obvious injury.

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. Former champion Stan Wawrinka and Canada's Milos Raonic are also returning from injuries.

The decision to not play in the year's first major is in stark contrast to last year, when Murray entered Melbourne as the top seed and favorite only to be upset in the fourth round by Mischa Zverev.

On the women's side of the draw there are question marks over the fitness of defending champion Serena Williams, who has not played competitively since giving birth four months ago.

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