Tennis: Andy Murray withdraws from Australian Open

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Today, Scottish tennis player Andy Murray withdrew from the upcoming Australian Open Grand Slam tournament, the organisers announced via Twitter. Two days ago, Murray announced withdrawal from the Brisbane International suffering from a hip injury.

A five-time finalist at the Australian Open, Murray has not played a single competitive game since he was knocked-out of last year's Wimbledon Championship by US tennis player Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals. Murray did not participate in the US Open, withdrawing from the Grand Slam two days before it was to commence. Winner of three Grand Slams, the Scot is currently ranked sixteenth in the world. He was scheduled to play Ryan Harrison in Brisbane.

The 30-year-old exited in the fourth round in last year's Australian Open. Next month, Murray is to lose points earned for the fourth round. This year's tournament is scheduled to start on January 15. Murray said, "Sadly I won't be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete".