Andy Murray could presumably maybe manufacture his return from hip surgical operation at one in all two new indoor occasions in Britain later this spring.
Murray acknowledged after his operation that he hoped to return “around the grass court docket season, or presumably a tiny earlier than”.
The Scot, 30, is now not going to must return on physically anxious clay, which precedes the grass court docket season, and his alternatives in other places are miniature.
But the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has announced two new indoor laborious court docket occasions in Glasgow and Loughborough.
Each and every will most certainly be staged on the ATP Challenger Tour, the extent under the ATP World Tour, with a prize fund of $100,000 (£72,000)
The first will happen at the Scotstoun Tennis Centre in Glasgow between 28 April and 6 May maybe presumably maybe presumably. The second is scheduled for Loughborough University’s Tennis Centre from 19-27 May maybe presumably maybe presumably.
The LTA says the tournaments will present “advantageous taking half in opportunities for British players” in the bolt as a lot as Wimbledon, but it appears very now not going they could were established at quick ogle had it now not been for Murray’s impending return. The LTA has now not yet dedicated to staging the tournaments in future years.
Murray’s administration crew and the LTA are understood to were all for discussions relating to the introduction of those occasions, even supposing there also will be no guarantee the ragged world no 1 will most certainly be match for either. The double Wimbledon champion has acknowledged consistently he’ll now not come motivate till completely ready.
He has now not played a competitive match since Wimbledon last year and pulled out of this season’s Australian Launch with injury earlier than undergoing surgical operation on eight January.
He’s as a result of return to the observe court docket in the next couple of weeks and is planning to head in a single other nation, to an as yet undecided commute operate, for some warm climate training in April.
A return to competitive tennis on residence soil in Glasgow at the conclude of April would tell a swift recovery from his surgical operation, but must aloof now not yet be dominated out.
Were Murray to return in Loughborough three weeks later, then he would greatest enjoy one extra week to await the birth of the grass court docket season, in south-west London.
The Surbiton Trophy is one other event on the Challenger Tour – a level Murray has now not played at since October 2005.