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Doubts emerge over Andy Murray’s recovery ahead of Australian Open

Doubts emerge over Andy Murray's recovery ahead of Australian Open
Murray’s recovery is a cause for concern (Picture: Getty)

Andy Murray has altered his pre-season plans as fears grow over his recovery from a hip injury as he prepares for the Australian Open.

The British No. 1 was due to have already made the trip to Australia ahead of the Brisbane International in order to acclimatise ahead of the first events of 2018 but he remains in the UK.

Murray was meant to go down under after a training camp in Miami and arrive in Australia before Christmas.

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At his exhibition event, where he played against Roger Federer, in Glasgow, he said: ‘My plan is to do a couple of weeks in Miami and then go to Australia very early, much earlier than I have done in the past.’

But the three-time Grand Slam champion is currently training at the All England Club’s facilities in Wimbledon and Raynes Park, according to The Telegraph.

There’s nothing to suggest that Murray has abandoned his plans to feature in both Brisbane and Melbourne just yet, but concerns are growing that his hip problem may prove to be an even bigger hurdle to get over than first feared.

Doubts emerge over Andy Murray's recovery ahead of Australian Open
Murray hasn’t played since Wimbledon (Picture: Corbis/Getty)
Doubts emerge over Andy Murray's recovery ahead of Australian Open
Wawrinka’s progress stalled (Picture: WireImage)

The 30-year-old Scot has not played competitive tennis since a quarter-final exit at the hands of Sam Querrey at Wimbledon but he decided to not have surgery on the hip problem.

Murray is not alone in his off-court struggles, with Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic both pulling out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, citing injury problems.

Wawrinka, like Murray, has not competed seriously since Wimbledon and there are fears his knee issue may keep him out of the Australian Open.

Doubts emerge over Andy Murray's recovery ahead of Australian Open
Raonic has endured another setback (Picture: Getty)
Doubts emerge over Andy Murray's recovery ahead of Australian Open
Djokovic’s recovery is going to plan (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Raonic has been blighted by injuries throughout 2017 and his latest setback will be a bitter blow.

For Novak Djokovic, though, it’s understood that his recovery from an elbow injury has gone to plan.

The Serb performed well in a training camp in Monte Carlo earlier this month and is experimenting with new racquets – one of which he may trial in Abu Dhabi in a week’s time.

Signs of his positive recovery were confirmed by signing up for the Tie Break Tens event in Melbourne in the week building up to the Australian Open, which he will play after attempting to defend his title in Doha.

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