Frustrated Murray considering hip surgery after major setbackSports | 3 Jan 2018
Andy Murray has withdrawn from the season-opening Brisbane International in a major setback to his Australian Open preparations, hinting that surgery on his problematic hip remained a "secondary option."
The former world No 1 suffered a right hip injury last year and has not played on the ATP tour since losing to American Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
"Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively, I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing," said Murray, 30. "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."
Continuing rehab is one option, the Scot said, but surgery is a "secondary option" he had been trying to avoid because of the risks involved. "However this is something I may have to consider but let's hope not."
Garbine Muguruza, meanwhile, suffered a fitness scare when she was forced to retire from her second-round match in Brisbane with severe cramping.
But Muguruza was not too downhearted by her 5-7, 7-6 (7/3), 2-1 loss to Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic. "I'm happy with the way I was playing," the Wimbledon champion said.