Andy Murray‘s return to Grand Slam tennis will not be happening at next month’s Australian Open.
Murray, who at last year’s Aussie Open tearfully spoke about the possible end of his career due to a hip injury, returned last summer after a career-saving operation. But a pelvic injury set him back in the fall.
“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,” he said on Saturday, according to British media. “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. Unfortunately I’ve had a setback recently and as a precaution, need to work through that before I get back on court competing.”
Murray, 32 and a two-time Olympic singles champion, underwent his second hip surgery after last year’s Australian Open. He returned to pro tennis in June and by October won a lower-level ATP event in Belgium to move back into contention to qualify for the Olympics in singles outright.
The Olympic singles field of 64 players — no more than four players per gender per country — will be determined by the ATP rankings after the French Open.
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