Former World number one Andy Murray will make his long awaited return from injury in the Brisbane International, in readiness for the Australian Open which starts on January 15th.
30 year old, double Olympic champion Murray, has recently dropped to 16 in the world rankings having missed six months of tennis since he un-successively attempted to retain his Wimbledon title with an injured hip during the summer.
Having been handed a bye in the opening round of the Brisbane international, he will play the winner of Ryan Harrison or Leonardo Mayer in the 2nd round as he looks to fine tune his skills after such a lengthy lay off.
During interviews regarding his return, Murray says he intends to take more breaks during the ATP season in order to allow his body more time to recover and help avoid future injury he continued to say:
“Giving yourself breaks, especially as you start to get older, I think, is very important and something that I'll certainly be looking to do for however long I keep playing.”
“I certainly think it's something that should be looked at and to understand why, what the reason for that is.”
Murray isn’t the only leading player to have struggled with injury lately, with former World number one Rafael Nadel due to miss the Brisbane International and could be doubtful for the Australian Open due to a Knee injury, While Novak Djokovic recently withdrew from the Qatar Open with an recurrence of the elbow injury that had kept him out since Wimbledon.