Tennis

Murray to miss rest of the season

World No. 2 Andy Murray said yesterday he is unlikely to play again this season due to a nagging hip injury that forced him to pull out of the US Open.

Murray, recently nudged off the top of the world rankings by Rafael Nadal, has been struggling with the injury since a five-set French Open semi-final loss to Stan Wawrinka in June.

The 30-year-old Scot played at Wimbledon in July, but lost in the quarter-finals to American Sam Querrey.

"Unfortunately, I won't be able to compete in the upcoming events... And, most likely, the final two events to finish the season... Due to my hip injury which has been bothering me the last few months," the three-time Grand Slam champion said on his Facebook page.

"Having consulted with a number of leading hip specialists over the last week, along with my own team, we have decided that this is the best decision for my long-term future," said the Scot.

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"Although this has been a frustrating year on court for many reasons, I'm confident after this extended period of rest and rehabilitation that I will be able to reach my best level again and be competing for Grand Slam titles next season.

"I will be beginning my 2018 season in Brisbane in preparation for the Australian Open."

Murray, who has won Wimbledon twice as well as the US Open, said he was looking forward to playing in Glasgow later in the year in a charity exhibition match against Roger Federer.

"I have a fantastic team working alongside me to help me through this and appreciate the support from them and all of my fans over this difficult period," he wrote.

The men's game is currently beset by a glut of injuries to big-name players such as Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic, who are all missing from the ongoing US Open in New York. - AFP

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