Andy Murray to sit out new Glasgow ATP Challenger event

Andy Murray
Andy Murray has not played competitively since Wimbledon in July

Andy Murray has decided not to launch his comeback to tennis following injury at the Glasgow Trophy this week.

He was considering playing in the new ATP Challenger event in Scotstoun, which gets under way on Saturday.

But the former world number one has opted to continue his recovery from hip surgery away from the match court.

The next confirmed tournament in Murray's schedule is the Rosmalen grass-court event, the Libema Open, in Netherlands in May.

That comes before the tournament at Queen's Club that immediately precedes Wimbledon.

Murray does, however, also have an option to play a Challenger event in Loughborough next month.

Although the 30-year-old's name is among the entries for the French Open, it is understood the former Roland Garros finalist will not be playing in Paris or at any other tournament in the current clay-court swing.

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Murray last played competitively at Wimbledon, the scene of two tournament triumphs, in July.

Meanwhile, the Lawn Tennis Association has announced that fellow Scotsman Aidan McHugh, a Murray protege, is among four wildcards for the new £72,000 event, which runs until 6 May.

The 17-year-old said: "It's rare to be able to play such a big pro event in Scotland and this is a great opportunity for me to play some experienced players.

"I am still a junior, so to be able to test myself against the regular players on the pro circuit will be a challenge but one that I am really looking forward to."

Former British number two James Ward had also received a wild card along with fellow Englishmen Lloyd Glasspool and Jonathan Gray.

It had already been revealed that Englishman Dan Evans, another former British number two, is making his return to action after a one-year ban for cocaine use.

Scottish 16-year-old Jacob Fearnley is also among the entries.

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