The place where Andy Murray will open his 2019 season has been made known. The British player has committed for the second year in a row to play the Brisbane International that will take place from December 30th, 2018 to January 6th, 2019.
Earlier this year, Murray was supposed to play as well, but he withdrew with a hip injury. In Brisbane, Murray won the titles in 2012 and 2013, respectively beating Alexandr Dolgopolov and Grigor Dimitrov in the final. In mid-2017 Murray signed a three-year contract with Tennis Australia to start his season Down Under in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The 31-year-old ended his season in Shenzhen this week losing to the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals. Andy was forced to skip the China Open in Beijing. 'I injured my ankle in my match in Shenzhen last night and there is no way I can compete effectively next week,' said through a statement Murray, who also commented on his loss to Verdasco: 'It was another three matches, which is positive.
But obviously I want to play better than that, I have higher ambitions than losing in the quarter-finals. I want to try to be better in these events. I need to spend more time on the practice court and the gym so that I'm more robust and physically in better shape.' Murray joins the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, the local hero John Millman and the Japanese Kei Nishikori in the Brisbane field.