Two-time champion Andy Murray apologized to fans and tournament organizers on Instagram after withdrawing from the Brisbane International on Tuesday as he continues his recovery from a hip injury.
Murray has not played in a competitive match since Wimbledon last July, and had been hoping to make his return this week. However, he said his level of play was not where it needed to be while practicing against fellow players in Brisbane.
“Firstly I want to apologise [to the tournament] for withdrawing at late notice and to everyone who wanted to come along to watch me play. The organisers couldn’t have been more understanding and supportive and I’ll always remember that,” Murray wrote.
“I’ve obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists. 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 get back on the court competing.”
Murray, 30, said he will take time to evaluate his options moving forward. The former No. 1-ranked player will stay in Australia for the next few days and see whether the hip “settles down a bit” before deciding by the weekend whether to compete at the Australian Open.
“Obviously continuing rehab is one option, giving my hip more time to recover,” he said. “Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as high as I would like, which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that. However this is something I may have to consider but let’s hope not.”
Fifth-seeded Gilles Muller was upset by Hyeon Chung 6-3, 7-6 (1) in first-round play Tuesday. Seventh-seeded Damir Dzumhur was also an upset victim, falling 6-7, 6-3 (3), 6-2 to Denis Istomin.
American qualifier Michael Mmoh beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4, while wild card John Millman cruised past qualifier Peter Polansky 7-6 (4), 6-0, and Kyle Edmund was a three-set winner over Denis Shapovalov 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in a match that lasted two-and-a-half hours.
–Field Level Media