Just a day after the organizers of the ATP 250 event in Eastbourne have announced that Stan Wawrinka is going to play at Devonshire Park after taking a wild card, a former world number 1 and a two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has taken the same path, accepting a wild card to play a tournament in Eastbourne for the first time in his career. 12 years ago, when he was still 19, Andy played in Nottingham, the previous venue of this event, and he actually competed in Eastbourne a month later that year when Great Britain hosted Israel in Davis Cup, coming from two sets to love down to beat Andy Ram in the second rubber.
Struggling with a hip injury that required a surgery in January, Andy hasn't played for 342 days since last year's Wimbledon, making a return at Queen's where he lost to Nick Kyrgios in the opening round in three tight sets.
Andy is not sure about playing at Wimbledon and he wants to check his physical shape after such a long break, hoping to play more matches in Eastbourne to shape up his form before the third Grand Slam of the season in front of the home crowd if he feels o.k to endure the best-of-five matches.
"I'm looking forward to getting some more time on the grass courts at Eastbourne this week," said the three-time Grand Slam champion. I played Davis Cup there in 2010 and I know the courts and facilities there are excellent.ALSO READ: ATP Halle: Roger Federer struggles but tops Matthew Ebden in straights
It was good to get back to competition at Queen's this week, and I'm hoping to building on that next week at Devonshire Park."