Andy Murray: Three-time Grand Slam champion out of Australian Open with injury

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Murray has slipped to 16th in the world rankings during the time he has spent out injured

Britain’s Andy Murray has pulled out of the Australian Open after failing to recover from an ongoing hip injury.

The three-time Grand Slam champion has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon last summer.

“Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete,” said Murray, 30, who will fly back from Australia to London and “assess all the options”.

The Australian Open starts on 15 January.

“I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope to be back playing soon,” Murray added.

In an emotional post