On s’y attendait, c’est désormais officiel. Andy Murray et Kei Nishikori ne seront pas de la fête à Melbourne. Respectivement blessés à la hanche et au poignet, les deux joueurs vont devoir continuer leur rééducation. 

Deux jours après un message alarmant sur instagram, les chances de voir Murray prendre part à l’Open d’Australie étaient infimes. Désormais, c’est officiel, l’ancien numéro un mondial ne participera pas au premier tournoi du Grand Chelem en raison d’une lourde blessure à la hanche. N’ayant plus joué depuis Wimbledon, le Britannique souffre et inquiète. Pour l’instant, Murray va continuer sa rééducation en attendant que ça aille mieux. Néanmoins, il envisage également une opération malgré les risques élevés qu’elle pourrait représenter. Il aimerait toutefois éviter ce risque car certains joueurs n’ont jamais pu retrouver leur meilleur niveau après une opération à la hanche, notamment Lleyton Hewitt ou Gustavo Kuerten. L’heure est grave et actuellement il est impossible de dire si Andy Murray sera à nouveau capable de performer dans sa carrière.

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Hey everyone.. Just wanted to write a little message on here for anyone interested in what in going through right now. Firstly I want to apologise to @brisbanetennis for withdrawing at late notice and to everyone who wanted to come along to watch me play(or lose😇) The organisers couldn't have been more understanding and supportive and I'll always remember that. Thank you. I've obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists. Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing. Having played practice sets here in Brisbane with some top players unfortunately this hasn't worked yet to get me to the level I would like so I have to reassess my options. Obviously continuing rehab is one option and giving my hip more time to recover. Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as I high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that. However this is something I may have to consider but let's hope not. I choose this pic as the little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and Compete.. I genuinely miss it so much and i would give anything to be back out there. I didn't realise until these last few months just how much I love this game. Everytime I wake up from sleeping or napping i hope that it's better and it's quite demoralising when you get on the court it's not at the level you need it to be to compete at this level. In the short term I'm going to be staying in Australia for the next couple of days to see if my hip settles down a bit and will decide by the weekend whether to stay out here or fly home to assess what I do next. Sorry for the long post but I wanted to keep everyone in the loop and get this off my chest as it's really hurting inside. Hope to see you back on the court soon 🎾😢❤️

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Autre déception, c’est Kei Nishikori qui lui aussi a déclaré forfait pour le tournoi Australien. Après des forfaits à Brisbane et Sydney, le Japonais a fait une croix sur Melbourne et préfère poursuivre sa rééducation. Le Nippon ne se sent pas prêt pour jouer aux meilleurs des cinq manches.