June 22, 2018 / 3:00 PM / in 24 days

Murray takes wildcard into Eastbourne

LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray will play at next week’s Eastbourne grasscourt championships in a bid to prove his fitness for Wimbledon.

FILE PHOTO: The Queen's Club, London, Britain - June 19, 2018 Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates during his first round match against Australia's Nick Kyrgios Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

The Briton returned to action at Queen’s Club this week after almost a year away with a hip injury but lost in the first round of the Fever-Tree championships to Nick Kyrgios.

“I’m looking forward to getting some more time on the grass courts at Eastbourne this week,” the three-times Grand SLam champion, who had surgery in January, said in a statement.

“I played Davis Cup there in 2006​ and I know the courts and facilities there are excellent. It was good to get back to competition at Queen’s this week, and I’m hoping to building on that next week at Devonshire Park.”

After defeat by Kyrgios, former world number one Murray cast doubt on his fitness for Wimbledon, saying he was unsure whether he would have been able to play a best-of-five-set match.

He did impress, however, pushing the Australian to three sets and he will look to further test his movement and gain some match sharpness at the ATP 250 event on the south coast.

Twice Wimbledon champion Murray joins fellow three-times Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in accepting a wildcard at the event, which is the last tournament before Wimbledon starts on July 2.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Alison Williams

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