Brisbane International organisers confident Andy Murray will play

• British No1 understood to be leaving for Australia in coming days
• Murray has not played competitively since Wimbledon in July

Brisbane International tennis organisers are confident Andy Murray will play in their tournament which starts on New Year’s Day, despite media reports that the British No1 may struggle to make that date owing to his well-publicised hip problem.

Murray is understood to be leaving for Australia in the coming days and to be planning to take part in the Brisbane Open, where he would not be scheduled to play in his first match until 3 or 4 January. Murray, who returned from training in Miami this week, will be using Brisbane as a warm-up for the Australian Open which starts on 15 January. The three-times grand slam winner has not played competitively since making a quarter-final exit at Wimbledon this year.

The 30-year-old played an exhibition match against Roger Federer at his Andy Murray Live charity event in Glasgow last month. The Scot was widely quoted as saying at that time: “My plan is to do a couple of weeks in Miami and then go to Australia very early, much earlier than I have done in the past.

“Coming into the beginning of the new year I will be at a bit of a disadvantage because I have not played matches for a long time. So, if I can go there a bit earlier to get used to the conditions, a bit sooner than some of the other players, that might help level it up a bit.”

Murray also said at that time: “Things have been going pretty well so far in the rehab, but you just never know. I’ve been training for a few weeks now. Some days I’ve felt great and some days not so good. But I will come back when I’m ready and when I’m 100% fit.

“I probably made a bit of a mistake trying to get ready for the US Open but it was the last major of the year and I wanted to give it a go. And now it’s time to give my body the rest and recovery it needs. I’ll come back when I’m ready.”


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