After an amazing 2016 season that saw him winning nine ATP titles and 78 matches to become world number 1 for the first time, Andy Murray started to struggle with a hip injury in the first part of 2017, winning one title and advancing into the semi-final of the Roland Garros and the quarter-final at Wimbledon before he had to end his season in order to recover from that injury. Andy was preparing to make a comeback in Brisbane this January but as soon as he tried to train on the highest level he discovered it is impossible to make a full recovery without a surgery that he underwent in Melbourne on January 8.
After being sidelined for 11 months, Andy made a return at Queen's, losing in a tight match against Nick Kyrgios before scoring the first win in almost a year against Stan Wawrinka in Eastbourne. Murray decided to skip Wimbledon for the first time in years, feeling he is not ready to compete in the best-of-five matches, and he returned in Washinton where he scored three thrilling wins over Mackenzie McDonald, Kyle Edmund and Marius Copil in more than eight hours and withdrawing before the quarter-final clash against Alex de Minaur due to exhaustion.
The Briton suffered the first round loss in Cincinnati to Lucas Pouille and Fernando Verdasco halted him in the second round of the US Open, reducing Andy to just five wins so far in 2018. Murray will have a chance to improve that in Shenzhen and Beijing in the next two weeks after receiving a wild card at both events (he is currently ranked 308th) but those will be his last tournaments in 2018 as he decided to quit his season after competing in Beijing. Andy will try to finish the season on a high note but he is already looking forward to training and preparations for 2019 when he wants to fight for the biggest titles again:
"I'm over here in China, competing at Shenzhen this week and in Beijing in the week that follows before I call it the end of my competitive year.ALSO READ: WTA Tokyo: Naomi Osaka powers past Giorgi to set Karolina Pliskova clash
I'm going to miss the last couple of tournaments of the season because I decided along with my team that I need a long period of training and reconditioning to get myself in the best possible shape for the beginning of 2019.
I want to compete for the biggest tournaments again but unfortunately I won't be competing after Asia in the rest of 2018. I'm looking forward to getting some hard training done and make some improvements, with the last few months being really positive, I feel like I made big strides forward after the rehab from the hip surgery.
I feel like with another strong training period I will make some big improvements and hopefully the next couple of weeks will go well in China and I'm looking forward to it."