Murray Brisbane Hip Problems
It’s not been a great 2017 for three time Grand Slam champ, Andy Murray, and 2018 hasn’t started any better. As per the BBC, the Scot has pulled out of the Brisbane International because of the long running issue with his hip which kept him out for half of 2017. But should fans worry about the Murray Brisbane hip withdrawal?
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Andy Murray, who spent 41 weeks at number one, has not played since his failed Wimbledon title defense. That was in July. This echoed a similar decision by Novak Djokovic, who also retired early on with an elbow injury. Both players seemed to be following in the footsteps of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who missed much of 2016 due to injury. Fed and Rafa came back strong in 2017 and dominated the tour. If Murray hoped to emulate that, however, he hasn’t gotten off to the best start.
Murray Brisbane Hip Woes
The Scot was given a bye in the last sixteen at the Brisbane International, but recently announced that his hip was not ready for match conditions. It’s also a damaging prospect for his 2018 Australian Open campaign. The Scot has been a finalist five times in Melbourne but has yet to win the trophy. That being said, this withdrawal at Brisbane casts doubt over whether Murray will compete at the Aussie Open at all.
2017 saw yet another year in which the tour was dominated by at least two of the Big Four players. Though cracks are starting to form in that dominance. Grigor Dimitrov in particular was able to take big steps forward last year. The Bulgarian captured his first Masters title and the ATP World Tour Finals title. And Alexander Zverev was able to climb to a year-end ranking of fourth. Despite the dominance of Nadal and Federer last year, and the dominance of Murray and Djokovic the year before, one has to wonder if this is finally the year that the next generation break through.
Should Muzza fans panic about this early setback, though? It’s too early to tell. It could be that Murray is gearing up for a solid Australian Open campaign and doesn’t want to risk tweaking his injury. A Melbourne no-show, or sub par performance, however, and it might be time for alarm bells.