Former world number one Andy Murray looks set to pass up on a a wildcard invatation to the Sydney International, meaning the Brit will have just two competitive matches under his belt since September heading into the Australian Open, the Daily Mail report.

The 31-year-old recently returned from an ongoing hip problem which required surgery last January, defeating Australian James Duckworth in the first round of the Brisbane International.

However, the two-time Wimbledon champion was dumped out of the tournament in the next round, suffering a straight sets defeat to to world number 16 Daniil Medvedev.

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Many were presuming that Murray would then take up a wildcard position in the Sydney International, however, the Scot appears to have declined entry into the competition, choosing instead to fly straight to Melbourne.

Murray uploaded an image to his Instagram story, showing his economy ticket from Brisbane to Melbourne.

And with Murray revealing over the past few weeks that he is still in some pain, it could well prove to be a sensible decision from the Brit, who is looking to claim his first Grand Slam crown down under.