Former Wimbledon Champion and British Men’s number 1, Andy Murray has had to withdraw from the Australian Open after failing to recover from the hip injury that as kept him out of action since last July.
The three time Grand Slam champion, who was ranked World number 1, but has since slipped down to 16th since trying to defy the pain barrier and defend his Wimbledon crown while hammered with a hip injury, the result left him crashing out at the quarter final stage to American Sam Querrey.
He attempted to return weeks later, but was forced to pull out of the American Open just days before, and other than struggling through two exhibition matches against Roger Federer in November and Roberto Bautista last week.
The Scot had hoped to make his come back at this week’s Brisbane International tournament, but withdrew two days before his opening match against American Ryan Harrison. In a message to his fans he stated how demoralising it was to withdraw despite 6 months of intensive rehabilitation on the injury, he stressed that although Surgery was something he wanted to avoid, it is now something he will have to consider in order to return to match fitness.
Britain’s female number one Johanna Konte’s new year hasn’t been any better as she was forced to retire from the Brisbane International during her Quarter final against Elina Svitolina.
The defending champion need treatment on her right hip, but decided not to continue when she went 3-2 down in the deciding set. She is currently unclear as to what the exact problem is, however she will undergo some more assessments on Friday and is still hopeful of making the Australian Open which starts on Jan 15th.
Currently ranked world number 9, Konta was hoping to continue her recent good record in the Australian Open in which she has reached the Quarter Finals in 2017 and Semi Finals in 2016.