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Murray to end season early to focus on starting 2019 in 'best shape possible'

The Scot will play two more tournaments this year in China.

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.

The 31-year-old hopes that, by adjusting his schedule, he will be in the best possible position to make a strong start to 2019.

2018 Season Update

A quick update for you all on my plans for the rest of the 2018 season..

Posted by Andy Murray on Saturday, September 22, 2018

"I'm competing in Shenzen 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 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.

Andy Murray underwent hip surgery in January
Andy Murray underwent hip surgery in January, Joe Toth/PA

"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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