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Comeback: Andy Murray will compete at Washington Open
Comeback: Andy Murray will compete at Washington Open

By Andy Sims

Andy Murray has confirmed that he intends to compete at the Washington Open, which gets under way on July 29, after pulling out of Wimbledon on the eve of the Championships.

After an 11-month absence from the game due to a hip injury, Murray made his return to tennis at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club last month.

But, after assessing his fitness ahead of Wimbledon, the former British No.1 decided he was not quite ready for best-of-five-sets tennis.

Having spent the past nine days training and working on his recovery, Murray now feels he'll be fit enough to compete at the Washington Open as he turns his attention to the hard-court season.

"My plan is to play in Washington, which starts three weeks yesterday," he said.

"So I will be here the next couple weeks practising on hard courts then head to the States, maybe to Washington or Miami first for some practice before getting back to matches."

Meanwhile, Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares were knocked out of the men's doubles in the quarter-finals after a five-set thriller at Wimbledon.

The fifth seeds led twice against Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus before dropping serve twice in the final set.

Play was suspended after Murray and Soares won the fourth set tie-break while the roof covered Centre Court.

The 13th seeds won 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 4-6.

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