Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
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Murray to make competitive return against Kyrgios next week

Murray to make competitive return against Kyrgios next week

He practised at Queen's on Friday ahead of next week's Fever-Tree Championships, delayed a decision until Saturday and then told tournament officials he would be there.

The 31-year-old Scot has not played a competitive match since he was knocked out of the Wimbledon quarter-finals last July, a hip injury ending his season.

He was forced to pull out of this week's Libema Open in the Netherlands. Murray has never lost to him in five meetings, yet surely would not have picked him as his first opponent following hip surgery.

The Argentinian said: "I am sad I will not be playing in Queen's this year".

And, after such a long and frustrating rehabilitation period, the world number 157 admits it will be a tense moment when he gets back on the court to face Kyrgios.

Murray has not been seen competitively since limping out of his Wimbledon title defence last summer. "I was really excited to play and I hope to be back next year".


"Obviously I'm looking forward to it", he added.

"I got tested by my physios this morning to make sure I hadn't stiffened up and lost any range of motion in my hip which can happen when you're exhausted and the hip's a bit angry".

Following his surgery in Australia, Murray said he would only return to competition when completely fit and ready, although has long targeted a return for the grass-court season. Nick is playing some great tennis, I don't know if Andy is 100 percent back.

"It may have been different if I had four months of hard training and preparation".

Kyrgios is also in action today against Roger Federer in the semi-final of the Stuttgart Open.

Should he win his first match, he may face British No. 1 Kyle Edmund who kicks off the tournament against Ryan Harrison.

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