2018 has gotten off to a tough start for Andy Murray.

The former world number one had to withdraw from the Brisbane international and the same injury has ruled him out of the first Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne.

[Andy Murray pulls out of Australian Open with hip injury]

Such is the extent of his hip problem that his career is now surely in doubt.

But he has received support from two of his big rivals, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both commenting on his Instagram post.

Djokovic, who has had injury problems of his own, praised Murray’s courage.

Whilst Nadal wrote he hoped to see Murray back on court soon.

The post clearly got Nick Kyrgios in the feels too, as the Australian said in an interview:

“It was emotional. I read the whole thing. And obviously a lot of players commented as well because they all know that he’s a great guy.”

You can see Murray’s original Instagram post below.

Hey everyone.. Just wanted to write a little message on here for anyone interested in what in going through right now. Firstly I want to apologise to @brisbanetennis for withdrawing at late notice and to everyone who wanted to come along to watch me play(or lose) The organisers couldn't have been more understanding and supportive and I'll always remember that. Thank you. I've obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists. Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing. Having played practice sets here in Brisbane with some top players unfortunately this hasn't worked yet to get me to the level I would like so I have to reassess my options. Obviously continuing rehab is one option and giving my hip more time to recover. Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as I high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that. However this is something I may have to consider but let's hope not. I choose this pic as the little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and Compete.. I genuinely miss it so much and i would give anything to be back out there. I didn't realise until these last few months just how much I love this game. Everytime I wake up from sleeping or napping i hope that it's better and it's quite demoralising when you get on the court it's not at the level you need it to be to compete at this level. In the short term I'm going to be staying in Australia for the next couple of days to see if my hip settles down a bit and will decide by the weekend whether to stay out here or fly home to assess what I do next. Sorry for the long post but I wanted to keep everyone in the loop and get this off my chest as it's really hurting inside. Hope to see you back on the court soon ❤️

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