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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

Andy Murray to end season early to shape up for 2019

Former world No 1 will play in Shenzhen and Beijing before withdrawing from remaining competition in 2018

Former world No 1 Andy Murray has struggled with injury for the past two seasons. Reuters
Former world No 1 Andy Murray has struggled with injury for the past two seasons. Reuters

Andy Murray will compete in two tournaments in China over the next fortnight before bringing his season to an early close.

Murray, now ranked number 308 in the world, has taken the decision to miss the final two events in Shanghai and Paris in order to continue seeking improvements on the hip issue that has afflicted his recent career.

He hopes that, by adjusting his schedule, he will be in the best possible position to make a strong start to 2019.

"I'm competing in Shenzhen and next week in Beijing before calling an end to the year competitively. I'll miss the last couple of tournaments of the year," Murray, 31, said in a video posted on his Facebook page.

"I need a long period of training and reconditioning to get myself in the best shape possible for the beginning of the 2019 season and getting myself back competing for the biggest tournaments again.

"Unfortunately I won't be competing after Asia, but I'm looking forward to getting some hard training done and making some more improvements.

"It's been really positive the last few months. I feel like I made big strides forward in the rehab from the hip surgery.

"I feel that with another strong training period, I'll make some big improvements.

"Hopefully, the next couple of weeks go well in China, looking forward to it."

Murray underwent surgery in January to correct a persistent hip issue that has forced him to miss almost a year of tennis.

In only his ninth match since undergoing the operation, the double Wimbledon champion last month lost to Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the US Open.

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