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Andy Murray quits the Australian Tennis Open

Ⓒ AFP – Nezar Balout – | British tennis player Andy Murray trains in Abu Dhabi on December 29, 2017

Former world number one Andy Murray, who has not competed in the ATP circuit since July, announced Thursday that he will not participate in the upcoming Australian Tennis Open because he is not sufficiently recovered from a hip injury.

“Unfortunately I will not be able to play in Melbourne this year because I’m still not ready to be competitive,” the 30-year-old Briton said in a statement.

“I hope to play again very soon,” added the player, now number 16 in the world ranking, explaining that he will study “all options” to cure his hip.

Murray, who decided on Tuesday to give up the tournament in Brisbane, has not played since his elimination in the quarterfinals of last year’s Wimbledon tournament.

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