Andy Murray says he’s “gutted” to overlook the 2020 Australian Open after a contemporary harm setback.
The 32-year-old hoped to make his Grand Slam return down beneath in the beginning of subsequent yr however he has been compelled to withdraw because of a pelvis drawback.
It was initially thought the problem was minor and wouldn’t have an effect on his participation in both the season-opening ATP Cup or the Australian Open.
However alarm bells rang when Murray cancelled his coaching block in Miami and on Saturday his administration firm introduced the Scot wouldn’t be travelling to Australia.
“I’ve labored so exhausting to get myself right into a scenario the place I can play on the prime degree and I’m gutted I’m not going to have the ability to play in Australia in January,” Murray mentioned.
“After the AO this yr, after I wasn’t certain whether or not I’d be capable of play once more, I used to be enthusiastic about coming again to Australia and giving my finest, and that makes this much more disappointing for me.
“Sadly I’ve had a setback not too long ago and as a precaution, have to work by way of that earlier than I get again on court docket competing.”
“I understand how excited Andy was about coming again to compete in Australia in January, and the way disillusioned he’s not to make it for 2020,” Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley mentioned.
“Andy’s final match on the Australian Open was a five-set rollercoaster that none of us who witnessed it would ever overlook. His willpower and iron will was on show for all to see, and it’s that combating spirit that has pushed him to return again from a doubtlessly career-ending harm to attain the outcomes he has this yr.
“Though we are going to miss him in January, we want him all the easiest for his restoration and sit up for seeing him again on court docket very quickly.”
Murray is now back on court but, given it is still relatively early days in his comeback from hip surgery in January, his team made the decision not to rush his return to competitive tennis.
There will therefore be no emotional return to Melbourne Park a year on from the press conference in which he revealed the extent of his hip problems and contemplated retirement.
A remarkable five-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut followed in what he accepted could have been the final match of his career.
But two weeks later he underwent hip resurfacing surgery that removed the pain that had dogged him for two years and enabled him to begin a tentative comeback at Queen’s Club in June.
By winning the European Open in Antwerp in October, Murray raised hopes that his days as a contender for the largest titles might not but be completed.
However he is not going to play a match till February on the earliest, together with his first match now scheduled to be the Open Sud de France in Montpellier starting on February 2.
Murray’s announcement additionally means he is not going to be a part of the Nice Britain crew on the ATP Cup in Australia, which begins on January 3.
Murray certified Britain for the inaugural version of the crew occasion by way of his protected rating of world quantity two however Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie will now carry the duty in singles.
Britain play group matches in opposition to Bulgaria on January 3, Belgium on January 5 and Moldova on January 7, all in Sydney.