Andy Murray accepts wildcard into Rafa Nadal Open


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Andy Murray accepts wildcard into Rafa Nadal Open

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray will highlight the Rafa Nadal Open in Mallorca next week as he has accepted a a wildcard into the Spanish Challenger event, the tournament announced on Thursday. The three-time Grand Slam is set to play singles for at least three consecutive weeks as he returned to singles action at the Cincinnati Masters last week, before he took a late wildcard to play at the Winston-Salem Open this week.

Murray, who is still far away from his best form, picked up two straight-set defeats in his first singles matches since a hip resurfacing surgery as he lost to France's Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati before losing to American Tennys Sandgren in Winston-Salem.

Murray, 32, is set to make his first appearance on the Challenger Tour since 2005 as he hasn't played at a Challenger tournament since he was forced to retire his quarterfinal match to Xavier Malisse at the Mons Challenger 14 years ago.

The 32-year-old will be aiming to get some confidence and wins under his belt in Mallorca before he returns to the ATP Tour to play in Zhuhai and Beijing.