Andy Murray posted a heartbreaking message to his Tennis followers on Instagram. This came after "the five-time finalist withdrew from the Australian Open on Thursday," USA Today reported.

He had earlier withdrawn from a warm-up tennis match event in Brisbane. Fans were hoping that Andy Murray, who ended last season at number 16 after injuring his hip, would make a comeback. [VIDEO] Right now, it seems that Andy Murray is having to contemplate surgery as it seems that rest and rehab are not getting him where he needs to be.

Andy Murray's Instagram post

Andy had quite a lot say about where he is at right now and chose a cute picture of himself as a young boy.

He mentioned that this was because "the little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and Compete [VIDEO]."

Fans react to Tennis star's post on Instagram

It was almost a tear-jerker when he wrote of how much he loves the game and every time he wakes up it's with the hope that it will be all better and he can get back on the court.

The support is there for him. Fans were obviously moved and their encouraging posts will hopefully let Murray know that they really do care about the man as well as the tennis pro.

scoutiedoodle52 wrote, "We're behind you all the way Andy x," and user janie.ros replied, "Andy...have your surgery and recover well....there's always next year....enjoy time with your family x."

bhdeligero said, "God speed during this journey, Andy. You’re an inspiration!"

Twitter talks about Murray's Aussie withdrawal

On Twitter, once again the fans came forward with loving thoughts of support for the tennis star.

@JunieCam wrote, "This is gut-wrenching for Andy and his team. Surgery seems to be the only option now and whether he can come back and play at top level again is anyones guess. Such a decent nice guy who has worked so hard. So sad for him."

It's not just the pain of the hip that is worrying Andy Murray, tennis supremo - it's his inner pain and fans picked up on that.

"Andy's pain is so sad. Miss him playing soooo much. Achieved a massive amount though. Best wishes to him - hope that hip responds to treatment soo," wrote Ella Rose on Twitter.

Surgery option for Murray's hip

Andy Murray made it very clear in his Instagram post that he is not keen on going the surgery route to repair his hip. There are obvious drawbacks to it. His specialists have recommended he try and do the rehab first, but it is not working out he had hoped. Speaking about surgery, he posted, " I may have to consider (it) but let's hope not."