London | Murray to play Mallorca Challenger
Andy Murray has confirmed he will play a Challenger event next week for the first time in 14 years.
The Scot, who is still trying to regain match fitness following his hip operation seven months ago, will play the Rafa Nadal Open in Mallorca in lieu of the US Open.
The former world number one has only played two singles matches since that surgery and both were losses so, to gain match fitness has decided to drop down a level.
Murray, now ranked 329, was beaten by Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati last week in his first singles contest since the Australian Open, then lost to a tight contest with Tennys Sandgren at the Winston-Salem Open on Monday.
He has committed to playing on the main tour at the Zhuhai Championships beginning on September 23 as well as the China Open (September 30).and the European Open in Antwerp (October 14-20).
Murray has also decided to opt out of doubles play for the present.