Former World Number one Andrew Murray has refused to but a time scale on his latest setback after missing the Australian open yet again due to a pelvic injury.
With the middle of February pencilled in as the earliest he will be back on the court the Scot told reporters that is “Bone Bruising” is taking longer to heal than he expected.
Having began to find some of his pervious form following his career saving surgery to his hip 12 months ago and last played at the Davis cup in November however, he has already announced he will miss tournaments in France and the Netherlands next month.
“I don't want to rush anything or put a timeline on my recovery,” said the three-time Grand Slam champion.
“I'm going to listen to my body and step back on the court to compete when the time is right.”
He added: “The bone bruising is taking longer to heal that first thought, so I won't be playing in Montpellier or Rotterdam in February.”
This is another set back in his career that has seen him struggling with his hip since withdrawing from Wimbledon in 2017, after limited games and almost 18 months out he underwent Hip resurfacing surgery last January and eventually made his way back to the court.
Firstly, he returned playing doubles were he and partner Feliciano Lopez won the Doubles title at Queens in June before he returned to singles action eventually taking his first ATP tour event win against Stan Wawrinka in Antwerp Belgium before suffering his set back during the Davis cup only weeks later.