Andy Murray forced to pull out of 2020 Australian Open and put Grand Slam comeback plans on hold

Andy Murray says he is “gutted” to miss the 2020 Australian Open after a fresh injury setback.

The 32-year-old was hoping to make his Grand Slam return down under at the start of next year but he has been forced to withdraw due to a pelvis problem.

Andy Murray pulls out of planned comeback event to leave Wimbledon participation hopes in doubt
Murray’s Grand Slam return has been delayed once again


It was initially thought the issue was minor and would not affect his participation in either the season-opening ATP Cup or the Australian Open.

But alarm bells rang when Murray cancelled his training block in Miami and on Saturday his management company announced the Scot would not be travelling to Australia.

“I’ve worked so hard to get myself into a situation where I can play at the top level and I’m gutted I’m not going to be able to play in Australia in January,” Murray said.

“After the AO this year, when I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to play again, I was excited about coming back to Australia and giving my best, and that makes this even more disappointing for me.

“Unfortunately I’ve had a setback recently and as a precaution, need to work through that before I get back on court competing.”

“I know how excited Andy was about coming back to compete in Australia in January, and how disappointed he is not to make it for 2020,” Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said.

“Andy’s last match at the Australian Open was a five-set rollercoaster that none of us who witnessed it will ever forget. His determination and iron will was on display for all to see, and it’s that fighting spirit that has driven him to come back from a potentially career-ending injury to achieve the results he has this year.

“Although we will miss him in January, we wish him all the very best for his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on court very soon.”

Murray has played just three Grand Slam singles matches since Wimbledon 2017

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