Former World No.1. Andy Murray on Wednesday stated on his Facebook page that his hip injury has not healed completely and he would be resting for the rest of the season in a bid to mount a strong challenge at the 2018 Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal deposed the Scot for the top spot in August, with the three-time Grand Slam champion enduring a torrid year in which he failed to reach the final of a single Major.
The 30-year-old, who is currently coached by Jamie Delgado, had withdrawn from the US Open due to the same hip injury and many doubted whether he would return to the tennis court again 2017.
And with Roger Federer reaching the quarter-finals of the ongoing US Open, there is a high chance that Murray could slip to third-place in the ATP rankings should the Swiss reach the last-four.
Murray follows arch-rival Novak Djokovic in effectively shutting down for the rest of the season post-Wimbledon and it remains to be seen whether the duo will be able to successfully mount a comeback like Federer did this year.
Murray and Djokovic, both 30, aren’t exactly old by any standard but prolonged breaks are difficult to come back in the hyper competitive sport of tennis, for the next-generation of stars seems ready to step up to the plate in their absence.