Andy Murray’s appearance in the Wimbledon quarter-final may well have been his last of the year according to an announcement from the Scot today.
Murray was visibly struggling with a hip injury between points in his last match against Sam Querrey on the hallowed turf of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
The 30-year-old was forced to pull out of the US Open, where his brother Jamie has been enjoying mixed doubles success, two days before the tournament began.
Now, the world number two has confirmed he will not play at October’s ATP Tour events in Beijing and Shanghai and suggested he may also miss tournaments in Vienna and Paris before the season draws to a close.
Murray made no mention of the ATP World Tour Finals, in London this November, but did assure fans he would still take on Roger Federer in a charity game in Glasgow just five days before the Finals begin.
And the two-time Wimbledon Champion was certain he would make a return before the Australian Open in January, as he targets more major titles in 2018.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete in the upcoming events in Beijing and Shanghai and, most likely, the final two events to finish the season in Vienna and Paris due to my hip injury which has been bothering me the last few months,” he said.
“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.
“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 and I look forward to playing in Glasgow later this year against Roger for UNICEF UK and Sunny-sid3up.
“I have a fantastic team working alongside me to help me through this process and appreciate the support from them and all of my fans over this difficult period.”