Friday 14 December 2018

Andy Murray with an encouraging fitness update as he eyes a return to Wimbledon

Tennis - ATP 500 - Fever-Tree Championships - The Queen's Club, London, Britain - June 19, 2018 Great Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his first round match against Australia's Nick Kyrgios Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Tennis - ATP 500 - Fever-Tree Championships - The Queen's Club, London, Britain - June 19, 2018 Great Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his first round match against Australia's Nick Kyrgios Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

Andy Murray will continue his comeback in Eastbourne next week after asking for a wild card into the Nature Valley International.

The three-time grand slam champion made his return from nearly a year out with hip problems at Queen's Club on Tuesday, losing narrowly to Nick Kyrgios in an encouraging performance.

Murray was waiting to see how he pulled up after the match before deciding where his next action would be, with exhibition contests at the Aspall Tennis Classic at the Hurlingham Club another option.

But the 31-year-old has decided to commit to another tournament and, with the field weaker at Eastbourne than Queen's, Murray should have a decent chance of claiming a first victory of his comeback.

Murray said: "I'm looking forward to getting some more time on the grass courts at Eastbourne this week.

"I played Davis Cup there in 2010 and I know the courts and facilities there are excellent. It was good to get back to competition at Queen's this week, and I'm hoping to build on that next week at Devonshire Park."

Murray, currently ranked 156, has not played a tournament in the week before Wimbledon since 2006, when the event was held in Nottingham. Argentina's Diego Schwartzman is the top-ranked entrant with Kyle Edmund set to be seeded second.

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