World no. 4 and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray will begin his preparations for next January's Australian Open at the Brisbane International Open in Brisbane.
Murray confirmed that he will play in the 2013 edition. Murray had won the event in 2012.
“I really enjoyed playing the Brisbane International for the first time this January, and claiming the title was great preparation leading into the Australian Open,” Murray commented in a press release.“Brisbane attracts a tough draw with a lot of top players … obviously I want to play as many matches as possible, and if I can, win. Winning always gives you extra confidence and is the perfect start leading into the first Grand Slam of the yearThe Brisbane International is a fantastic event with great facilities, and I look forward to returning to Queensland to defend my title,” Murray continued.
Murray is one of the favouritesfor the US Open this year and he is still looking for his first Grand Slam singles title.