Former tennis player Tim Henman has urged world No. 2 Andy Murray to skip the upcoming US Open if he feels that is not fully ready to compete.

Murray continues to battle with a hip injury, which kept him out of action so far during the 2017 U.S. hard-court swing.

He hasn't played since a disappointing loss suffered during a match against American Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarter-final.

However, the 2012 US Open champion flew to New York last week as he remains eager to not skip the U.S. Major. The Scot is eyeing to continue his playing streak at Flushing Meadows, which started in 2005.

The tournament is already set to be without 2015 US Open champion Novak Djokovic and defending champion Stan Wawrinka, who have called it a season.

'Murray is not about fourth rounds or quarter-finals'

Henman believes Murray needs to take it all into account when he decides to make a final call on whether or not to play at the US Open.

Murray is on the brink of finishing the year without a Grand Slam title. Besides a quarter-final showing at Wimbledon, he lost in round-of-16 at the Australian Open and in the semi-final at the French Open, respectively.

"With what he's achieved in his career, making fourth round or quarter-finals is not what he's about. With the troubles he's had injuries and health-wise this year, it would be silly to put himself even further back," Henman said, per Sky Sports.

The Sky Sports tennis expert also said he hopes Murray "feels he can do himself justice."

'Don't write Murray off'

Henman strongly insists that a healthy Murray is a top favorite for the US Open title.

Murray made a career-breakthrough at Flushing Meadows in 2012, capturing his first-ever Grand Slam championship.

Surprisingly, the world No.

2 hasn't come even close to making it all the way in New York since the 2012 winning run. The US Open is the only Major where he hasn't reached the last-4 in the last four seasons.

In his lone year as defending champion in New York, Murray was handed a straight sets defeat by Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-final. The Scot, who was struggling at that time with his back, concluded the 2013 season shortly after as he went under the knife.

'if fully healthy, Murray can certainly win it'

Murray has always preferred faster surfaces throughout his career as they suit perfectly his game-style.

Murray's biggest career-results were achieved on hard and grass. The Scot won it all on the hard of the US Open, Rio Olympics, and finished five-times runner-up at the Australian Open. When it comes to grass, he collected two Wimbledon glories and the 2012 London Olympics main glory.

"If we say he is 100 per cent, then there's no doubt he can win it," Henman opinioned. "I think hard courts are probably his best surface. You look at his track record in New York, how well he's played in Australia, his record in Masters 1000s, and looking at how many injured soldiers there are out there.

"If he is healthy then he's definitely got a good chance."