Former world number one Andy Murray has revealed he still has ‘some pain’ in his hip ahead of next month’s Australian Open, Sky Sports report.

Murray, who is currently ranked 356th in the world, will be part of Monday’s main draw due to his protected ranking and has recently been practising with US Open champion Naomi Osaka.

The 31-year-old has been struggling with an ongoing hip problem, which required surgery at the beginning of the year.

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Murray ended his season early in September to turn his attention to the new campaign, however, the Scot has recently revealed that he is still in some pain ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year, but admitted he is in a better place than a few months ago.

I still have some pain in my hip but I need to play matches and see how it feels when I am able to play three, four, five matches in a row and take it from there.

Last year when I came here it was tough, I was struggling quite a lot. It definitely feels a bit better than it did coming here last year. I’ve always loved playing here.

I’m in a better place than I was a few months ago.

I would just like to get through the tournaments and feel like I am able to compete and not be restricted by my hip.

The Australian Open takes place in Melbourne from 14-27 January and Murray will be hoping for a kind draw next week, with world number two Rafael Nadal a potential early stage opponent.