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Murray to step up singles comeback in Nadal's Challenger event

Murray to step up singles comeback in Nadal's Challenger event
FILE PHOTO: Aug 12, 2019; Mason, OH, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) serves against Richard Gasquet (FRA) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports -
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(Reuters) – Former world number one Andy Murray will compete in his first Challenger Tour event in 14 years at next week’s Rafa Nadal Open in Mallorca, tournament organisers confirmed https://www.rafanadalopen.com/media/noticias/andy-murray-jugara-rafa-nadal-open-by-sothebys-international-realty on Thursday.

The 32-year-old pulled out of the doubles event at the U.S. Open to focus on his singles comeback after undergoing career-saving hip resurfacing surgery.

Murray was beaten in straight sets by Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month — his first singles match since an opening-round Australian Open exit in January.

He then lost to American Tennys Sandgren in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open last week.

The three-times Grand Slam champion has now decided to step down to the second-tier for the first time since 2005, when he played in the Challenger event in Mons, Belgium as an 18-year-old.

World number 329 Murray is set to return to the ATP Tour with two tournaments in China — Zhuhai and Beijing — in September and October.

The Rafa Nadal Open in Manacor, Mallorca will be held from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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