Andy Murray withdraw from the Brisbane International due to injury
Andy Murray withdraw from the Brisbane International due to injury

Kyrgios sympathy for wounded mate Murray

NICK Kyrgios has offered his sympathy to friend Andy Murray, saying it "sucks" that the British tennis star continues to struggle with a hip problem.

Kyrgios was sensitive to the seriousness of the injury that has thrown Murray's Australian Open campaign into doubt.

"It's pretty sad. He's definitely a fan favourite. He brings a lot of people to all these tournaments and he's a good friend of mine," Kyrgios said.

"It sucks, you know, seeing him not being able to get it right. He's been rehabbing now for almost five months. And it's never good seeing a guy like that get injured, especially because he's just good for the sport. He's a good guy as well."

Murray remained in Brisbane but was not seen practising as he continues to weigh up whether he will travel to Melbourne to try and contest the first Grand Slam of the year.

Murray took to Instagram to express his bitter disappointment at having to pull out of the Brisbane International, posting a childhood photo: "as the little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and compete".

Kyrgios said: "He's one of the best athletes the game has ever seen and he's going to have to get his hip right to get to the top of the sport again and hopefully he can do it.

"He tends to rip me a little bit on Instagram. I was going to maybe take a low blow at the picture, but, no, I thought it was a good time to maybe show some sympathy. It was emotional."

Speaking after a tough three-set loss to Kyrgios, fellow Australian Matthew Ebden also expressed sorrow that Murray, whom he counts as a good friend, was not competing.

"It was pretty emotional I suppose, seeing that from him," Ebden said.

Nick Kyrgios offered his sympathy for good mate Andy Murray
Nick Kyrgios offered his sympathy for good mate Andy Murray

"In the end it really isn't about money or titles, he just loves playing the game. It's like that for all of us.

"It's tough. I can definitely empathise and hope there's some sort of good outcome for him. He's a really great guy deep down and I hope people see that."

Ebden was upbeat about his defeat to Kyrgios, pleased with the way he competed in a high- quality match.

He also appreciated the spirit in which the game was played, as shown when Kyrgios encouraged him to challenge a call that ultimately went Ebden's way.

"It was good spirit. We both competed well, we know each other well, we're friendly off the court and I think we support each other, want the best for each other, so it's nice," Ebden said.


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