Murray to face Harrison in Brisbane second round

Andy Murray says his focus is on enjoying playing tennis again after hip surgery

Former world No.1 Andy Murray will not play at the Brisbane International after withdrawing from the tournament with ongoing hip problems. I don't mind if it's 30 in the world level.

But Murray still intends to play in this week's Brisbane International, and he will start out against Ryan Harrison or Leonardo Mayer after being given a first-round bye.

'I felt better as it went on, ' Murray said.

In an emotional post on Instagram, Murray said he didn't realise how much he loved playing tennis until he spent so much time off the court in the last six months. 'I've really missed it.

His withdrawal was confirmed hours after Garbine Muguruza, the Wimbledon champion and women's top seed, retired from her opening match because of leg cramps.

"I don't really cramp a lot, so I'm actually surprised that today my body was like that", Muguruza said, adding that her calf muscles started to cramp early in the second set.




Murray has not played competitively since losing to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in June previous year because of a hip injury.

After his 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win, the Brit will take on South Korea's Hyeon Chung.

Murray admitted he wasn't heading into this tournament or the Australian Open with great expectations. "I'm hoping that that doesn't continue happening".

The British number one, who has slipped to number 16 in the world rankings during his absence, is still scheduled to compete at the Australian Open, which begins on January 15.

With Rafael Nadal (knee) and Novak Djokovic (elbow) in doubt for the Australian Open, the 30-year-old Scot said other players should follow his example.

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