After withdrawing from the upcoming ATP Cup, the three-time Major champion Andy Murray was forced to skip the Australian Open as well, still dealing with a groin injury. The five-time runner-up in Melbourne has been struggling with an injury in the closing stages of 2019, failing to deliver his 100% at the Davis Cup Finals in Milan and skipping the offseason preparations in Miami, staying home with his family instead.
After that incredible clash with Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne last January, Andy wasn't sure about his tennis future, undergoing the second hip surgery soon after that and making a return in June at Queen's, winning the title with Feliciano Lopez.
The results in singles weren't there in the first couple of months but that all changed in Antwerp, Andy's last ATP event of the season, defeating Stan Wawrinka in the final and claiming the first ATP titles since Dubai 2017.
With those points, Murray finished the season in the top-130, earning the ATP Comeback Player of the Year award and hoping for a fresh start ain Australia in January. Instead of that, Andy will have to stay away from the court a little bit longer, hoping to recover as soon as possible and continue where he left in Belgium in February.
"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, I need to work through that before I get back on the 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 roller coaster 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 the court very soon."