In a message to his fans on Wednesday, Andy Murray announced that he will be taking an extended break from tennis as he bids to rehabilitate the hip injury that has niggled him the past few months.
The Scot, who has not played since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals to Sam Querrey, announced he has withdrawn from Beijing and Shanghai, and is unlikely to be able to participate in Vienna and Paris.
“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,” Murray wrote on his social media channels.
“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’m look forward 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.”