Andy Murray withdraws from Brisbane International with hip injury
2 January 2018, 07:52
Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Brisbane International due to pain in his right hip.
Murray has not played competitively since losing to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in June last year because of a hip injury.
The British number one, who has slipped to number 16 in the world rankings during his absence, is still scheduled to compete at the Australian Open, which begins on January 15.
Murray said: "I'm very disappointed to be withdrawing from the Brisbane International.
"I came here with every intention of making a strong start to the year, but sadly my team and I don't feel that I'm where I need to be just yet to compete at the highest level."
Murray was scheduled to play Ryan Harrison in the second round in Brisbane, having received a bye to progress through the first round.
The 30-year-old did play a one-set exhibition match on December 29 against Roberto Bautista Agut, which he lost 6-2.
Murray previously said he expected to compete in Brisbane, explaining: "Unless something happens the next couple of days, I don't see myself not playing because of my hip.
"I feel I need to play matches to see exactly where it's at. Practising and doing everything in the gym is great, but playing matches is what I need."
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