Andy Murray to take more breaks in 2018

Andy Murray to take more breaks in 2018

Andy Murray to take more breaks in 2018

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1 Andy Murray took to Instagram to bare his heart to his fans as he battles hard to overcome his persistent hip injury.

Murray had said on Sunday that he would pull out of the Brisbane International only if his hip worsened.

The 30-year-old revealed his frustrations with the problem that has put a hold on his career and admitted he may have to go under the knife, while his participation in the first grand slam of the year is in serious doubt.

"Unless something happens the next couple of days, I don't see myself not playing because of my hip", said Murray.

"Having played practice sets here in Brisbane with some top players unfortunately this hasn't worked yet to get me to the level I would like so I have to reassess my options".

"I don't feel like there's many miles in my legs, which, you know, was certainly the case at the beginning of 2017, where most days I was quite sore kind of all over", he said. "However this is something I may have to consider but let's hope not".

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Murray is due to compete in Melbourne in less than a fortnight's time, with the Slam kicking off on January 15.

Should Andy Murray miss the Australian Open, it will be highly disappointing for he has consistently performed well in the season's opening Major.

The 30-year-old British No 1 and three-time major victor has slipped to 16th in the world rankings, having been sidelined by hip problems since Wimbledon.

Murray was not due to play his first match in Brisbane until Thursday but opted out of the tournament after failing to train on Tuesday.

It would have been his first competitive appearance since he limped through his Wimbledon campaign having first felt the hip problem during the French Open. I don't mind if it's 30 in the world level. "I would love to be number one in the world, but I just want to play".

Alarm bells were ringing for Murray when he made his long awaited return to court and lost 6-2 to world No.20 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in a one-set exhibition match in Abu Dhabi last week.

'Just because I've not played for such a long time, ' he explained for why he doesn't have great expectations for either tournament.

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