Andy Murray to MISS Australian Open? Tim Henman’s stark warning amid injury fears | Tennis | Sport

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The 30-year-old has been recovering from a hip injury which has meant he’s not played a competitive tennis match since July when he was knocked out of Wimbledon by Sam Querrey.

Murray played Roger Federer in an exhibition match in November and is currently in Miami in pre-season training.

But according to reports, Murray has delayed his arrival in Australia amid fears he is still struggling.

Murray remains scheduled to make his comeback at the Brisbane Open in the New Year but that is now in doubt.

The Australian Open starts on January 16 with Murray likely to have a tough start due to his ranking dropping to 16th in the world.

And Henman, who is close to the British number one, believes Murray should not risk playing in Australia if he is not 100 per cent healthy. 

When asked if Murray should skip the Australian Open if he’s not fully fit, Henman told Express Sport: “Absolutely. He’s the only one that will know that. The game is tough enough as it is when you’re 100 per cent healthy.

“So if he is 90 per cent healthy, he could win a couple of rounds in Melbourne then his body is going to give up, what’s the point?

“His career is about winning the major so he should be patient and make sure he’s 100 per cent healthy. Same for Djokovic, I don’t know what he’s been up to. 

“But I’m sure he’ll be very keen to be 100 per cent healthy as well.”

Henman added that he feels Murray has the necessary patience to wait until he’s ready before returning.

He said: “I think with the US Open, it was a question of so many people pulling out that he wanted to see what his options were. 

“He tried but he didn’t actually go on the court so I think he is very much aware of making sure he is 100 per cent healthy.”

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