Former world no.1 Andy Murray has decided to enter the first Challenger draw since 2005, traveling to Rafa Nadal Academy Open for the first event at this level after Mons 14 years ago! Andy has been struggling with a hip injury for more than two years, missing the second part of 2017 and trying to make a competitive comeback ever since, competing in 17 ATP matches in singles since 2018.
After two surgeries, the Briton is still far from his best, skipping all the action after the Australian Open (undergoing the second surgery soon after) and making a steady return at Queen's in doubles, winning the title with Feliciano Lopez.
Testing his body and current abilities, Murray played five more ATP events in doubles, deciding to quit with that after Cincinnati and focusing on singles results. After early losses in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem, Andy made the decision to skip the US Open and head to Spain, entering Rafa Nadal Open Challenger and facing the 17-year-old Imran Sibille who trains in Mallorca.
Andy's main goal is to play a couple of matches against the lower-ranked opponents and test his body before the Asian swing in Zhuhai and Beijing where he should face much tougher opponents. Andy's only singles win in 2019 came against James Duckworth in the first round in Brisbane.
"I'm not thinking about winning the tournament, just want to come and play competitive matches against quality rivals ranked around the top-100. I hope I can get the opportunity to play against some of them and test myself. I feel good, I got here nice and early to get used to conditions and we will see what happens."