Andy Murray will play at Eastbourne tournament to boost Wimbledon build up


ANDY MURRAY has decided to play at the Eastbourne tournament next week to boost his Wimbledon build up.

The former world No 1 was knocked out in the first round at Queens Club this week by Australian Nick Kyrgios in his first match back after a year out with hip problems which required surgery in January.

After the three set defeat to Kyrgios, Murray said that he was not sure what his moves before Wimbledon would be, and that he could even miss out on the Championships if he did not feel ready.

But the Scot, 31, has now decided to play in the men’s event at the Nature Valley International in Sussex as part of his build up on grass courts.

Murray had to make his decision on Eastbourne by this evening in order to be included in the draw.

"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 building on that next week at Devonshire Park."

Murray could still play in one of several exhibition events next week, either at London’s Hurlingham Club or at Boodles in Berkshire, if his participation at Eastbourne is once again cut short.

He has been practising for several weeks, but up until Queens, had delayed his comeback saying he did not feel ready enough for competitive matches.

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