Former British and World number one tennis star Andy Murray has slipped further down the world rankings after failing to make his comeback from Hip surgery at Wimbledon as he had originally planned.
In the latest rankings released yesterday, Murray had fallen 690 places to 839 in the world, which also makes him British Men’s number 23 after only playing three ATP tour matches in the past twelve months.
The 31 year old has struggled with a hip complaint since withdrawing from Wimbledon in the second week last year, and after failing to recover in time for the Australian open in January and withdrawing only days before the event was due to start he decided to under go Surgery in Melbourne.
Since then he has only managed 3 games this year, with his only victory coming at Eastbourne last month, before being defeated by the now British number one Kyle Edmund in the second round.
Following that defeat Murray decided it was to early to return to the top circuit and withdrew stating his fitness and body wasn’t ready for five set matches.
He has now set a new return date for the 30th July at the Citi Open in Washington and also has Masters levels events in Toronto and Cincinnati lined up before the US open at the end of August.
Despite his significant drop in rankings he is still allowed to play Masters events due to the exemption given to players returning from long injury lay offs as his current position in the World ranking see’s him placed alongside some US college part time players and Challenge Tour players.
On the flip side, the rankings were gone to other GB players as Men’s number one Edmund saw himself move up to a career high of 16, with Cameron Norrie placed at 77 and Liam Broady at 177.
Some bad news for british Women’s number one Johanna Konta has her early exit from Wimbledon see’s her drop to 50th in the World, 46 places lower than her career high of 4th exactly 12 months early following her excellent run to the Semi finals of Wimbledon last year.