Andy Murray has opted to delay his return to Grand Slam singles tennis after pulling out of next month’s Australian Open.
The 32-year-old has been battling the pelvic problem that restricted him to just one appearance at the Davis Cup in November.
He is back hitting a ball again in practice, but has taken the decision to err on the side of caution and delay his return, meaning he will miss the ATP Cup as well.
“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 in Australia in January,” Murray said Saturday.
“After the AO (Australian Open) 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 will now focus his efforts on getting back on court in time for the Montpelier Open in February, so it appears to just be a minor setback.
“I know how excited Andy was about coming back to compete in Australia in January, and how disappointed he is not to make it for 2020,” said Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley.
“Although we will miss him in January, we wish him all the very best for his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on court very soon.”
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