British tennis star Andy Murray will be playing at the ATP 250 event in Marseille next year, the tournament announced on Tuesday. The 31-year-old is set to make his second appearance at the Marseille event. The Briton's lone appearance in Marseille came in 2008.
Back then, Murray had a dream Marseille debut as he won it all at the tournament. The Briton's Marseille run included wins over Jesse Huta-Galung, Stan Wawrinka, Nicolas Mahut, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Mario Ancic. Murray won all of his five matches in straight sets except one as Swiss star Wawrinka pushed him into a three-setter in the round-of-16.
The Marseille event is due to be held from 18-24 February. Former world No. 1 Murray's 2018 season came to an end last month after a Shenzhen quarter-final defeat. The three-time Grand Slam champion is eager to have a strong off-season as he targets to return to his best form next year.
Most importantly, the Briton has managed to avoid any further hip problems since returning to competitive action at the Queen's Club. However, Murray was extremely cautious not to do anything which could compromise his health.
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