World number two tennis player Andy Murray is likely to miss the rest of the season because of an ongoing hip injury.
The 30-year-old pulled out of the US Open just two days before the start of the tournament and has not picked up a racket since losing out to American Sam Querrey in five sets at the Wimbledon Championships in July.
He has also withdrawn from October’s ATP tour events in Beijing and Shanghai, and will also likely miss the tournaments in Vienna and Paris later in the month.
In a statement posted on social media, the Scot said he will begin the 2018 season at the Brisbane International on January 1. This will be preparation for the Australian Open, which begins on January 15.
“I’m confident after this extended period of rest and rehabilitation I will be able to reach my best level again and be competing for Grand Slam titles next season,” Murray said.
“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.”
Murray had travelled to New York with the expectation of playing in the US Open. He had practiced all week in preparation but withdrew on August 26.
On Wednesday, Murray said he had consulted with a number of leading hip specialists, as well as his own team before deciding not to play in the China Open and Shanghai Masters – two tournaments where he is the reigning champion.
Murray is also the regining champion at both the Vienna Open and Paris Masters and moved to world number one by reaching the final of the latter event last November. He was overtaken in the rankings by Spain’s Rafael Nadal in August.
He had also revealed during Wimbledon that he had suffered with a sore hip since his early twenties and that the injury became more significant following his French Open semi final defeat to Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in June.