Andy Murray has pulled out of the Brisbane International due to a hip injury, tournament organisers have announced.
The 30-year-old had been set to return to competitive action this week having been sidelined since Wimbledon due to hip problems.
But, a statement on the tournament’s website on Tuesday morning said the British number one had pulled out “due to pain in his right hip”.
The year of 2017 was a tough one for Murray, as it was for several top tennis players, including the likes of Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, and Kei Nishikori.
However, the Scotsman's problems don't seem to be going away, with the Australian Open set to resume this month.
After suffering defeat at Wimbledon back in the summer of 2017, Murray announced his plans to sit out for the rest of the season, subsequently missing out on the US Open.
However, he was expected to return in time for the tournament Down Under, but it's now looking more and more unlikely.
After withdrawing from the Brisbane International, Murray thought it would be a good idea to update his fans and tennis fans in general.
He took to his official Instagram account to release a lengthy message, which gave fans an insight into his current status and situation.
From reading the statement, you can tell how emotional Murray is feeling with his current health and fitness levels.
"I've obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists.
"Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open, I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing.
You can read the full Instagram post below.
"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. Obviously continuing rehab is one option and giving my hip more time to recover. Surgery is also an option, but the chances of a successful outcome are not as I high as I would like, which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that.
"However this is something I may have to consider but let's hope not."
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