Emotional Andy Murray remains in doubt for Australian Open

The Scottish tennis player Andy Murray

The Scottish tennis player Andy Murray

Andy Murray will face Ryan Harrison in the second round of the Brisbane International following a 6-4 3-6 6-2 for the American against Leonardo Mayer. I don't mind if it's 30 in the world level.

Former No. 1-ranked Murray pulled out of the Brisbane event after failing to practice Tuesday, two days ahead of his scheduled return to competitive tennis for the first time since July.

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

"And also I just want to enjoy playing again".

The Scot - a two-time champion in Brisbane - did play one set against Roberto Bautista Agut at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Friday, losing 6-2. I'm just hoping I can get back to a level where I'm able to be really competitive.

Murray has not played competitively since losing to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in June previous year because of a hip injury. "The rest of my body feels really good".

Fifth-seeded Johanna Konta reached the quarterfinals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Ajla Tomljanovic and Alize Cornet advanced with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

I'm very disappointed to be withdrawing from the Brisbane International.

"Obviously continuing rehab is one option and giving my hip more time to recover", Murray wrote in an Instagram post.

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.

Fellow "Big Four" members Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal remain doubtful to compete at Melbourne Park, while 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka is also set to be absent.

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