Murray may quit Australian Open

World number two Andy Murray says he will withdraw from the Australian Open should his wife Kim give birth to their first child while the tournament is ongoing.

Murray's wife is due to give birth in the middle of February, a couple of weeks after the end of the season's first grand slam, but the two-time grand slam winner revealed he has already made alternative plan should she go into labour early.

The Scot said that it is far more important for him to be at his wife's side while becoming a father than attempting to topple Novak Djokovic at the top of the world ranking.

"I'd go home. For sure, yes," Murray told the Daily Mail.

"It's obviously important. I want to make sure at the beginning I am there as much as I can be to try and help out, just be there for whatever is really required of me.

"It's going to be life changing when the baby comes but I am excited about that. People have asked 'Do you think it will be a distraction?' It might be but it's a good distraction.

"It's actually not good to be just concentrating on tennis and your training all of the time. It is important to be able to take a step back from it and, when you finish on the practice court, be able to just go away and be with your friends and family, so I am looking forward to it."

Kim's pregnancy has seen Murray change his pre-season schedule significantly, while moving the base of his operations from Miami to Dubai.

"I was either going to go to Dubai or Miami but because obviously Kim is quite heavily pregnant it's a lot easier to get back from here. All the flights leave in the evening from Miami, whereas here you can fly at all times in the day," Murray continued.

"I'm not playing the whole of February and obviously with the Davis Cup it is quite a different end to this year. I will almost have my off-season in February."

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