Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Australian Open.

“Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete,” Murray said on Thursday.

“I’ll be flying home shortly to assess all the options but I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope to be back playing soon.”

Australian Open Tournament Director, Craig Tiley wished Murray the very best for his recovery.

“We are fully aware that Andy has been going through a difficult period with his hip and that he’s done everything possible to prepare for the Australian summer,” Tiley said.

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“Personally, I also know that Andy loves tennis and would do anything to play. This is a very hard decision for Andy and we totally respect it.

“We wish him the absolute best on his road to recovery and look forward to having him back in Melbourne. He is a true champion and one of our favourites.”

Murray has been dealing with a hip injury which has kept him off the tour since Wimbledon.

Australian Open 2018 will take place at Melbourne Park from 15-28 January.

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