Wimbledon 2013 winner, Andy Murray, says he will only compete in January’s Australian Open if he is “100% fit” after recent back surgery.
The 26-year-old Scot, who was awarded an OBE yesterday in Prince William’s first investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, began his rehabilitation last week after a disc operation in September.
He is set to miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena but wants to be ready for the first Grand Slam of 2014 in Melbourne.
“I hope so, but I am not going to come back unless I’m 100% fit, I’ve got a long way to yet,” said Murray.
“I’ve been in the swimming pool and on the bike a little bit but it’s still going to be four or five weeks until I’m back on the tennis court hitting some balls.
“The rehab process is pretty tedious and long and I don’t want to come back soon and have to start that process all over again. I’ll only come back when I’m 100% fit and I hope that’s at the beginning of the year.”
Murray missed the French Open in May because of the back injury and recovered in time to clinch Britain’s first male Wimbledon singles’ title in 77 years.
His US Open title defence failed to reach the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows before opting for the disc operation last month, after helping Great Britain beat Croatia in the Davis Cup.