Almost a year since holding that press conference to annouce he would be undergoing career saving surgery, Britain’s Andy Murray has been forced to miss next months Australian Open for the second successive time because of a pelvic injury.
The three time Grand Slam Champion was hoping to make an announcement of a different kind with the trip to Melbourne pencilled in as his official return with his first Grand Slam tournament. The injury will also keep him out of next months inaugural ATP Cup in which he would have represented Great Britian yet again after making his last appearance in the opening tie of the Davis Cups final last month.
“Unfortunately I've had a setback and as a precaution need to work through that before competing,” the Scot said.
“I've worked so hard to get myself into a situation where I can play at the top level and I'm gutted I'm not going to be able to play.”
The former world number one has spent the last 12 months coming back from the life changing hip surgery that saw his hip resurfaced which involved a metal cap being put over the femur head. Since then he has slowly been building his fitness and ranking after such a lengthy absence, returning to the court playing Doubles early last summer.
Although Murray has been seen on the court over the past week the injury which saw him miss his scheduled training block in Miami hasn’t healed as quickly as the Scot would have liked.
“After the Australian Open earlier this year, when I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to play again, I was excited about coming back to Australia and giving my best, and that makes this even more disappointing for me,” Murray said.
With his next match now in February at the earliest, possibly the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, he will not travel to Australia instead he will remain at home building up his fitness on the court.
The Australian Open runs from 20 January to 3 February in Melbourne, while the ATP Cup begins on 3 January and takes place in three cities across Australia, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth will host matches, with teams from 24 countries competing.