Sep 8, 2 years ago

Andy Murray to start his 2018 season with Brisbane International Murray to start his 2018 season with Brisbane International

World No.2 Andy Murray looks set to take the rest of the year off but make his return from a hip injury at January’s Brisbane International.
Injury looks set to keep Andy Murray out for the remainder of the tennis season, but the world No.2 has confirmed he will join top-ranked Rafael Nadal at January’s Brisbane International.

Announcing plans to play at the Australian Open warm-up event for the next three years, Murray will be on the comeback from a hip injury that had cruelled his Wimbledon hopes and ruled him out of the US Open.

The Scot won the Brisbane tournament in 2012 and 2013.

“I need to take some time to rest my body and I look forward to playing the Brisbane International in January,” Murray said.

The former dual Wimbledon champion is absent from the ongoing US Open due to a hip injury which clouds his schedule for the rest of 2017.

Murray, 30, will drop one spot in the rankings to No.3 next week and joins in the Brisbane entries top-ranked Rafael Nadal.

“Starting the year in Australia sets you up in the best possible way for a strong season and I’m excited to start my next three there.

“I love coming to Australia and the Brisbane tournament always has a strong field. I’m confident it will help me prepare for the Australian Open.”

“Although it has been a frustrating year for me, I am confident with rest and rehabilitation I will be able to compete again for Grand Slam titles next year,’’ Murray said last night.

“I will be beginning my 2018 season in Brisbane and preparing for the Australian Open.

“Starting the year in Australia sets you up in the best possible way for a strong season and I’m excited.’’

Murray started 2017 as the world’s No.1 player, taking the mantle for the first time in late 2016 under the weight of tournament wins including his second Wimbledon win.

“We are delighted Andy, a past champion, has chosen to start 2018 at the Brisbane International,” tournament director Geoff Quinlan said.

“Next year will mark the 10th edition of the tournament and what better way to celebrate by featuring the top two men in the world.’’

Roger Federer will rise to at least No.2 on Monday depending on the results he and world No.1 Nadal have at the Australian Open.

If they wish to play the season out, both have chances to claim the year-end No.1 which is very much secondary to their Grand Slam title ambitions.

Murray’s early announcement that he will start next year in Brisbane is a filip to local organisers, but he sought mainly to explain his immediate tennis plans after having been unable to play a match since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon to American Sam Querrey.

The Brisbane International will run from December 31 to January 7.


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