Andy Murray has already been forced out of next week’s Australian Open and will also sit out tournaments in Montpellier and Rotterdam
Andy Murray will not return to action next month as his pelvic injury has still not recovered.
The former world No.1 was forced out of next week’s Australian Open with the problem picked up at November’s Davis Cup.
He had hoped to play two European hardcourt tournaments next month. But his latest medical update is he is still not ready to get back on the tennis court and the world No.127 will continue gym work without a date to return to competitive action.
“The bone bruising is taking longer to heal that first thought, so I won’t be playing in Montpellier or Rotterdam in February,” Murray said.
“I don’t want to rush anything or put a timeline on my recovery, I’m going to listen to my body and step back on the court to compete when the time is right”.
Andy Murray reacts
Murray, 32, feared he would have to quit tennis on the even of last year’s Australian Open before undergoing a hip resurfacing operation last January. He returned to doubles action in June and won the singles title at the European Open in Antwerp in October. The world No.127 will now continue gym work.
Speaking in November, Murray’s fitness coach Matt Little admitted his team would have to manage his 2020 schedule “very carefully” because of his metal hip and said he would consider skipping the clay-court season.
“There has been no blueprint for this,” he said. “No one has ever done this before. There is no markers, okay, make you sure you get this done at this time. Make sure you are strong here.
“We have to manage that as we go. And so we have got to be very, very careful as we go through. We don’t know what is going to happen. We still don’t know. Even though he won Antwerp and expectations have gone up. We have no idea what is around the corner. We just cannot make any predictions or preparations especially for the year.”