ATP Tour: Andy Murray makes Tuesday return against wild card in Qatar

Last Updated: 30/12/13 4:37pm

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Andy Murray during a recent exhibition match in Abu Dhabi

Andy Murray during a recent exhibition match in Abu Dhabi

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Andy Murray makes his long-awaited return to the ATP Tour next week when he competes in the Qatar Open where the reigning Wimbledon champion is the No 3 seed.

The 26-year-old Scot opens his campaign against local wild card player Mousa Zayed who is ranked a lowly 2,099 in the world and is not expected to cause too many problems for Murray when they meet on Tuesday.

Murray has not played on Tour since losing his US Open quarter-final to Stanislas Wawrinka, although he did represent Great Britain in their Davis Cup clash against Croatia the following week.

It has been five years since Murray played in Doha, previously preferring to warm up for the Australian Open in Brisbane.

The Dunblane-born world No 4 missed the final few months of last season after deciding to undergo back surgery and it is still uncertain whether he will turn up in Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the year next month.

Murray, who has already played a number of exhibition games during the past few days, said: "I just need more matches because the intensity's a lot higher than in practice.

"It's been a perfect start (to my comeback) and hopefully I'll get better."

The top seed in Qatar is world No 1 and reigning French and US Open champion Rafael Nadal who opens his account against Lukas Rosol.

The flat-hitting Czech created one of the sport's biggest upsets of 2012 when he beat Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon.

Murray is in the same half of the draw as No 2 seed David Ferrer who starts against Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine.

And should Murray reach the last eight, he could face the No 8 seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

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