Great Britain will compete at the inaugural ATP Cup in Group C in Sydney against Belgium, Bulgaria and Moldova but Andy Murray will not be there to lead the Britons. Three-time Major champion has decided to skip the first event of the season, dealing with a groin injury that has been bothering him in the closing weeks of the season, especially at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid.
This was expected news, ever since Murray had to cancel his trip to Miami where he was supposed to work in the offseason, opting to stay home and enjoy with his family and three kids, becoming a father for the third time a couple of months ago.
World no. 126 produced one of the biggest comebacks of the season, passing a long way from that emotional Australian Open towards an ATP title in October. Struggling with a hip injury from 2017, Andy had to undergo the second surgery this January, working slowly on the comeback and making a rather remarkable one, winning the doubles title at Queen's in June with Feliciano Lopez before switching focus on more challenging singles duties.
As one could have expected, the results were not there all the time but Andy stayed focused and determined to get back where he belongs, embracing the Asian swing in Zhuhai, Beijing and Shanghai before the last event of the season in Antwerp.
In Belgium, Murray claimed the first ATP title since Dubai 2017, ousting Stan Wawrinka in an exciting final to celebrate both the crown and one of the most emotional moments of his career after everything he had to endure in the last three seasons.
Becoming a father for the third time recently, Andy spent well-deserved offseason with his family, planning to make a trip to Miami where he usually trains ahead of the new season but canceling both that and the ATP Cup, hoping to get ready for the Australian Open where he needs a wild card to enter the main draw. Between 2010-16, Murray lost five Australian Open final, never managing to lift the title in Melbourne.