British number 1 Andy Murray has said he will most likely miss the rest of the season because of his hip injury. The injury caused him to pull out of the US open right before the tournament began and he has not played a competitive match since crashing out of Wimbledon to Sam Querry in July.

He has already withdrawn from upcming ATP events in Shanghai and Beijing and is likely to miss following events in Vienna and Paris as well.

Posting on Facebook, Murray said “This is the best decision for my long-term future. I will be beginning my 2018 season in Brisbane in preparation for the Australian Open and I’m look forward playing in Glasgow later this year against Roger for UNICEF UK and Sunny-sid3up.”

Murray travelled to New York with the intention of playing the US open but was forced to admit defeat and pull out 2 days before the start. The imposed break will effectively give him a 6 month break from competitive tennis. Murray appears to have ruled out surgery and instead opted for the rest route. Although Murray had successful back surgery 4 years ago it took him nearly a year to recover his form.

He will be unable able to defend his ATP tour title as he will find himself outside the top 8 seeds by the time the US open is finished. Murray was world number one when he last played but may find himself outside of the top 16 players by the time he returns from injury.

Murray is 11/4 (3.75) with Betfair to win the Austrialian Open next year.