Andy Murray has pulled out of the Australian Open after failing to recover from the hip injury that has kept him out of action since Wimbledon.
“Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete,” Murray said in a statement.
“I’ll be flying home shortly to assess all the options but I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope to be back playing soon.”
Three-time grand slam winner Murray has reached the final of the Australian Open five times in his career.
Murray has not played since Wimbledon last year.